College awarded LEP kite-mark for employability passports

27th November 2017 3:10pm - Return to press releases

College awarded LEP kite-mark for employability passports

East Riding College’s enterprise and employability passport has become one of the first to receive the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s employability skills kite-mark since the scheme was officially rolled out. 

 The passports assess and accredit students’ employability skills acquired through work experience, enterprise projects and meeting visiting speakers from industry, as well as their academic or vocational studies.

Peter Harrison from the Humber LEP and Andy Crossland from the Humber Learning Consortium, who were both on validation panel for the assessment, presented the certificate to Alison Gray, Assistant Director of 14-19 & Adult Developments and Rhys Davies, Vice-Principal. 

 Alison Gray said, “Our employability passport is long-established and well regarded, but we submitted it for the LEP’s kite-mark because it is a mark of quality regionally, recognising the breadth of experience our students gain.  We wanted East Riding College students and their future employers to understand that our passport shows they have developed and practised the professional skills that employers are looking for, and importantly, had the chance to reflect upon and learn from their experiences.”

The Humber Employability Passport validates the quality of the College’s employability offer and encompasses students’ opportunity to access a strategically led, effectively planned and progressive programme that is developed in partnership with employers.  In the previous academic year, 652 East Riding College students saw an industry-relevant speaker within the first two weeks of term, giving students an insight into their prospective industries and advising them of the skills they would need to develop.  The talks reinforce the importance of professionalism and how they will be expected to conduct themselves both at College and in the workplace.  Staff work with over 400 employers to provide work based training and work placements, and student attendance at events which prepare them for the world of work surpasses 3000 attendees every year.