GAP Work Experience
So what exactly are GAP experiences?
We’ve teamed up with local employers to bring you GAP work experiences: a fresh approach to giving you what it takes to land a great first job. Work experience is an increasingly important step towards getting the job you want – enabling you to find a career you’ll enjoy, build up your CV and improve your skills in a real working environment.
Your GAP time will target the real skills you need for success in ways which suit you and your work experience employer – meaning you’ll be busy every time you go to work and can expect to get completely involved in projects and tasks.
Whether you have your sights set on a particular job or industry, want to keep your options open or are looking to improve particular skills, we want to line you up with the right opportunity. All our students have access to our list of GAP opportunities on the portal, giving you plenty of choice to develop your skills.
Work experience should be an adventure wherever you go and we’re here to help you get as much as possible out of your time. Do that you’ll have a great story to tell employers at interview for that all-important first job.
As part of your study programme we want you to prepare for the world of work.
Colchester Institute is a vocational college and makes this commitment to you:
- We will help you get ready for the career you want
- We will boost your skills to ensure that you are very employable
- At college, we will always look to give you opportunities to use your skills in work settings to help prepare for your future job
- We will support you in gaining actual external work experience
Work experience is an increasingly important step towards getting the job you want – enabling you to find a career you’ll enjoy, build up your CV and improve your skills in a real working environment.
Your GAP time will target the real skills you need for success in ways which suit you and your work experience employer. Whether you have your sights set on a particular job or industry, want to keep your options open or are looking to improve particular skills, we want to line you up with the right opportunity.
Work experience should be a GAP adventure wherever you go and we’re here to help you get as much as possible out of your time so that you’ll have a great story to tell employers at interview for that all-important first job.
Each student will undertake 30 hours a year of GAP activity. GAP (Graduates & Professionals programme) is made up of a range of activities that you can mix and match:
- Visits from employers and experts – taking place outside of scheduled lessons
- Group visits to work places and employers –additional to scheduled lessons
- Work related projects, including ‘live briefs’
- Employment in the college’s own ‘realistic working environments’
- Participating in college events to develop your employability skills
- Undertaking quality work experience and placements outside of college
It is expected that the planned external Quality Work Experience will account for at least half of your annual GAP hours. Where appropriate and achievable, it can be of great value for you to exceed the target hours for both the external placement and for GAP.
For further information on our latest work experience opportunities please pop in and see us in Room B66E.
Alternatively you can email us at GAPteam@colchester.ac.uk or call 01206 712787 and speak to a member of the GAP Team.
Make a difference – offer a work placement opportunity
At Colchester Institute our aim is to provide students with the transferable skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for the world of work.
We work with businesses both locally and regionally, to provide work experience opportunities in a variety of different sectors. This benefits our students, as they gain the invaluable work experience that is required to boost their employability prospects and your business, through being provided with a keen and enthusiastic learner, to help manage your workload.
GAP (Graduate and Professional) placements are designed to deliver real benefits in a time frame that suits you. Opt for a single student for a week or several students a few hours at a time. We pride ourselves on being flexible and our team of Advisers will help to ensure the process is a simple one
By working with us and offering valuable work experience to a young person, your business will be a hot topic among our students, their families and friends, raising the profile of your organisation among your local community and customer base.
Great work experience is invaluable when young people are looking for that big break and you could make a difference to a young person looking to move forward in life. This is why work experience with a local employer is such a valuable next step for our students. With the help of employers we really can make a world of difference to their future prospects.
Call our GAP Team today and make a big difference to a young person’s career.
Contact us on 01206 712890 or email GAPteam@colchester.ac.uk