Blackburn Rovers sign collaboration deal with Blackburn College

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Two of Blackburn’s best known establishments have joined forces in a bid to provide greater employment opportunities for students.

Blackburn College and Blackburn Rovers have teamed up to help engage students in volunteer activities, provide them with the opportunity to take part in work placements and get involved in joint community activities.

Chair of Blackburn College’s Corporation Board, Phil Watson and Blackburn Rovers Director Mike Cheston, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise the partnership at the football club on Monday 20th February 2017.

The partnership is hoped to help students develop and gain employment skills, with members of Blackburn Rovers on hand to help the College to develop areas of their Sports curriculum.

Nick Hall, Business Engagement Manager at Blackburn College who was involved in setting up the MOU said:

“The memorandum covers a number of initiatives from projects as part of the National Citizenship Service which will enable students to develop employability skills. This initiative would engage students on outward bound type activities with project work.

“It also means there will now be a coordinated approach to work placements at the Club and the Community Trust.  This will enable students to work at Blackburn Rovers putting their learning into practice. 

“Sports, Business, Hospitality, Accounting, Creative Arts and Computing students will now all benefit from greater access to placements.

“There will be the opportunity for students to be involved in live briefs and projects with the Club with students working on a Family Stand initiative and Construction students will support the Club’s maintenance team.”

The College says that it is collaborations such as these which have led to 9 out of 10 students being in work or further study within six months of leaving for the fourth year in a row.

The College has also been praised from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for its work with employers, naming it as a key strength of the College.

8 Mar 2017, 18:14 PM

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