At Grimsby Institute a centralised employability model was introduced with Skills and Employability Trainers (SETs) attached to faculties and working under the guidance of an Employability Co-ordinator. SETs are responsible for placing learners, overseeing the work placement process and liaising with employers to maintain clear lines of communication. The model centres around a hub for employability, the Talent Dock.
The Talent Dock is home to the Employability Coordinators and careers team, providing a ‘one stop shop’ and central point of contact for employer engagement and recruitment agencies. The Talent Dock operates an open-door policy and provides a relaxed and friendly environment, co-ordinating employability activities designed to motivate and raise learner aspirations. The Talent Dock provides a visible area allowing access to vital labour market information, support in seeking work placements, internships, apprenticeships and full-time employment.
This centralised model creates an excellent employability offering, which is embedded through all aspects of the learners’ study programme including support for the introduction of T levels. Having a clear, robust and visible structure has strengthened employer relationships, which has led to increased opportunities for learners, engaging with over 300 different employers relating to work placements, industry visits and speakers.