SJR’s newly launched Careers and Guidance Service yielded results faster than expected after student Adam Bird was offered a position from the scheme’s first company visit.
SJR’s ICT, English, Media and Computing A-Level students visited cloud technology firm UKFast at its state-of-the-art campus at Manchester Technology Park, with one member of the group receiving a job offer at the rapidly-growing firm.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “When we met the students of St John Rigby College to launch this fantastic career service, it was easy to see the huge amount of potential in the group. We’re so excited to have Adam joining us once he’s completed his A-Level studies and hope to see many more like him in the future.
“We’ve committed almost £5m into training and development with a huge investment into our double award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
Adam begins his Level 3 Advanced IT Apprenticeship at the beginning of July, joining UKFast’s third wave of apprentices since the firm launched its scheme in late 2013. UKFast has a 100% retention rate for its apprentices, with all members of the programme receiving full time qualified positions upon completion of the course.
Adam said: “I am very excited about starting and am counting down the days until the 6th July when I'll officially be starting my career at UKFast and hopefully I'll be there for a very long time.”
St John Rigby College’s Careers and Guidance Service aims to give students experience of real-life workplaces and support them to develop a strong future career.
Principal, Peter McGhee, said “Apprenticeships are becoming more popular, and St John Rigby College is supporting this progression route and endorsing the benefits for some students of working alongside employers, gaining job-specific skills, earning a wage and studying towards related qualifications. We hope to see more of our students using their qualifications to progress and thrive in expanding businesses such as UKFast.“