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Industry Week Supports Student Employability

Industry Week Supports Student Employability

Students from across the University Centre at Blackburn College have benefitted from a week focussed on industry and employability.

Featuring a range of keynote speakers, Industry Week provided students with an opportunity to hear directly from pre-eminent professionals and academics.

Amongst the special guests were Lancaster University Professor Sandra-Ilona Sunram-Lea, Counsellor Nicola Benyahia, Managing Director of James’ Places Chris Sullivan and Nick Whittaker of NW Recruitment Services.

Student Asad Mahmood said: “I have really enjoyed the talks, the speakers were truly inspirational.”

Nicola Benyahia – founder of Families for Life – delivered a talk to Counselling and Psychology students on counselling and counter-terrorism. Personally affected by the impact of radicalisation, she now works with families to maintain good relationships with their children.

Student Shania Evans said: “I’ve never considered counter-terrorism as a potential career path. However, I now feel really inspired to pursue something along these lines.”

Business students were also treated to a range of activities and were provided with the opportunity to get involved in a Dragon’s Den-style presentation and feedback session – with prizes for the best product. Rebecca Waterfield from Young Enterprise also delivered a visual merchandising workshop on behalf of John Lewis.

Other speakers included alumni, who returned to the University Centre at Blackburn College to share their career success and to discuss progression, resilience and achievement following graduation.

Caroline Bracewell, Head of School for Business, Health and Technology added: “Thank you to all the speakers and alumni who visited us for the benefit of our students.

“It is critically important that we – as a provider of an employment-focussed education – continue engaging with leading figures in academia and industry to provide students with the knowledge and insight they need to make essential career choices.”

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29 Jan 2020, 16:45 PM