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The FSB Skills 30:30 event gives students the opportunity to learn more in depth about the current expectations of the labour market, whilst also networking with potential future employers.  For the students, the event began with two workshops: How to be a successful entrepreneur by Liam Behn from the Kent Foundation , www.kentfoundation.org and How to present yourself at work by Deborah Turner from YOU Image Consultancy, www.youimageconsultancy.co.uk . Students really embraced the concepts of the workshops, and learnt some important points such as first impressions really do matter!

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Meanwhile, compared by Paul Andrews, CEO of Jobs in Kent, www.jobsinkent.com ,businesses took the opportunity to benefit from a number of presentations including  learning more about the benefits of being a member of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) www.fsb.org.uk/regions/kent-medway and current events.

Business presentations included Chris Homewood of Kent County Council on apprenticeships, www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/starting-your-career/be-an-apprentice and the apprenticeship levy whilst Mark Parrin of Kent Supported Employment, explained the benefits of employing those with disabilities and learning difficulties www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/helping-disabled-people-into-work/how-employing-a-disabled-person-can-help-your-business.

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The second part of the session then gave students the opportunity to network with over 25 local business owners and employees.  This was a great opportunity for students to see what job and training opportunities are out there, within their local areas.  Students were left “buzzing” about the exciting places their education can take them; and local employers were left in no doubt about the quality of talent and skills on offer in the upcoming months.

After Post 16, I want to gain a higher level apprenticeship.  The Skills 30:30 event allowed me to understand what employers are looking for in an apprentice, and also the different apprenticeships available.” – Daniel Whiting, Year 12

I thought the event was really good.  It gave me insight into what employers are looking for, and how best to sell yourself in a job interview situation.” – Nathaniel Smith, Year 12

It’s so important that students get to talk to business owners, as after all, they might end up working for a small business or indeed running one themselves.” – Liam Behn, Kent Foundation

Thank you to FSB organiser, Alison Parmar for a wonderful event and also for her follow up article:

www.fsb.org.uk/regions/kent-medway/news/2017/07/07/businesses-speed-network-with-students-at-skills30-30

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