City and Islington encourages student employability through a number of schemes and special day programmes. Many students have been taken on for gap years or scholarships by high profile London companies, the College arranges 'employability days' and we have an excellent partnership with Satellite firm Inmarsat who have taken our students for internships.
Working in partnership with Inmarsat
Each year, top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students from the Centre take part in Inmarsat’s Summer Strategy Challenge. The six-week programme includes weekly workshops at Inmarsat’s City Road headquarters in London, enabling students to gain invaluable knowledge from experts within the field of satellite communications and also to research their own ideas.
In 2014 the Centre also hosted a World Skills Conference for forensic science and welcomed the British Transport Police, St Thomas’ Hospital, World Skills, MP Biomedicals, the Reach Society, VolkerFitzpatrick and Fitness First for employability events.
Employability day at the Centre for Applied Sciences
Experts from the Reach Society pass on their knowledge
At City and Islington's employability day held on January 15 2015 students at the the Centre for Applied Sciences a number of workshops were delivered to students by Reach Society which is a social enterprise of highly skilled professionals who specialise in a range of fields. They are committed to encouraging, motivating and inspiring young people, especially black boys and young men, to own the development of their potential and make viable transitions into adult life.
Students from the Centre for Applied Sciences have great Higher Education progression prospects and they are usually the first in their family to go to university, but they don’t have an established network of highly successful professionals to inspire them. The Reach Society provides that network of high achieving individuals, who come from similar backgrounds to our students.
Workshops included a panel discussion for future medicine and health care students, from surgeon Dr Frank Chinegwundoh, medical postgraduate, Ashton Barnett-Vanes and clinical scientist, Dr Koye Balogun. 16 employers also attended from Arsenal to Lloyds Banking Group, and students were able to network and gain further insight into potential careers available to them.
Sheikh Abeed Rahman: gap year at KPMG
The programme has given me so much high level work experience which will look good on my CV once I graduate. It has helped me learn to prioritise my workload and manage my time efficiently in order to meet client needs.
Essack Miah: scholarship at law firm
I want to become a lawyer after University and I have already gained a lot of experience at law firms in London. I would really recommend others to come to the College as the teachers are extremely helpful, but I have also really enjoyed independent learning.
Anxhela Gradeci: Aspring Professionals Programme
After joining the Sixth Form College Anxhela received a place on the the Aspiring Professionals Programme which the careers team organise, helped her immensely with gaining experience and applying for a degree in Medicine.