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Coffee and careers for Newquay based students

Published: December 1, 2016

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Students from Newquay Treviglas School are planning to present a cheque for three hundred and fifty pounds to Macmillan Cancer Support (South West).  The group of year 12 Deloitte Employability Students, a course which is run in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, organised a Coffee Morning with the added twist of having a Careers Fair to help raise the money.

A number of local businesses were invited along to the event, which gave the students a chance to talk about jobs, whilst enjoying coffee and a selection of cakes.

Deloitte Employability Trainer from Cornwall College, Sandie Johns, said: “The students had three weeks to organise this event which consisted of everything from; planning, budgeting; organising; contacting & inviting employers to attend; obtaining donations for their raffle and running the event in its entirety.”

The group also had support from the Cornwall College Camborne Chef Lecturer, Phil Oakes, who helped the team to develop the range of cakes that were served to the visiting businesses.

Sandie adds: “Deloitte is a widely recognised company, which really stands out on people’s CV’s. It is a unique qualification that provides good preparation before entering into the world of work; or continuing with further study at university.  We see progression and confidence of students develop as they have had to overcome their nerves through presenting to peers and networking. This is what the course really focusses on – giving our students a fantastic opportunity to understand the workplace environment.”  The students should be proud of themselves, not only for their achievements which will contribute towards their coursework, but also because quite simply, they have done something which will help to make a real difference to the lives of some people who are in need of the support from our new Macmillan (The Cove) Centre here in the South West. My team and I are very proud of them.

Mr Thomas Wilson (Assistant Head Teacher) at Treviglas College says ‘I thought the students exhibited excellent organisational and customer service skills when planning for and running the event.  They worked together well as a team and were not overwhelmed by the experience.  There were many employers on the day and a great deal of students from all key stages.  The post 16 team interacted with them in a professional and positive manner and it was great to see them raising the funds they did through their own culinary skills (cake baking).  I feel very proud of the students and look forward to their next enterprise venture they undertake.’

Michelle Dunleavy Deputy Head at Treviglas College said, ‘Thank you to Cornwall College for giving our students the opportunity to meet with so many potential future employers. The room was buzzing with professional conversations and our young people walked away with excellent advice about their futures’.  I am also very proud of how well the participants have been looked after by our Post 16 students on the Deloitte Business course, raising £350 with a smile’.

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