CareerReady is a programme that prepares students for the world of work. The Career Ready model focuses on linking students to the real world of work, through guru lectures, mentoring, workplace visits and internships.
Career Ready in Accounting (Young Professionals Academy)
In conjunction with Career Ready, Salford City College currently offers a Young Professionals Academy, based at our FutureSkills @MediaCityUK.
Through the Young Professionals Academy, students who have a talent and flair for finances,business and accounting are able to pursue these interests through studying the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting in their first year, and theAAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting in their second year of study.
As part of the course structure, students will undertake a six week paid internship with a local employer, and will also be allocated a business mentor.
The Young Professionals Academy courses are prestigious with limited available places. Please enquire on 0161 631 5000.
The STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is open to any student who is studying a Level 3 BTEC programme in Maths, Science or Engineering, or any student studying A-Levels in Maths or a Science related subject.
Students who are accepted into the Academy get a first class introduction into the working world of their subject, with opportunities and experiences that will set them apart from the pack.
The first big event on the programme is the ‘Capital Experience’, a trip to London to an inspiring showcase at the Dominion Theatre, as well as an industry site visit along with other Career Ready students from all around the country. These visits are a fantastic way to see the Maths and Science that you will learn in College used by professionals, with some of the world’s biggest companies on some amazing projects. Last year the STEM Academy students visited the site offices of Costain for their project on the Bond Street Station upgrade. Our students got to meet the engineers (all recent graduates) who are building a new London underground station right in the middle of the busiest shopping street in Europe. The year before, students went to Hewlett Packard HQ to meet young engineers who showed them what it’s like to work in one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
In the Academy you will be paired with an industry mentor who will guide you through a programme designed to prepare you for the world of work in STEM and give you the opportunity to learn about their job and working environment. Your mentor will help you develop your interview skills, your communication skills, and show you what it takes to be successful. You will get the opportunity for site visits and meet with other people in their company and industry.
Alongside the mentor partnership, you will attend a series of ‘Masterclasses’ held by industry professionals hosted at the College. These will give you more tools and tips on how to make sure you are well equipped to succeed in the world of STEM.
The other main part of the programme is a paid summer internship between your first and second year. This will be 145 hours (four weeks) in a real STEM company where you will learn about industry first hand. In recent years we have had interns at big construction firms, the NHS, Virgin Trains and as quantity qurveyors. We’ve even had students working with the College’s construction partners on our own centre upgrades. If you are working on a PC in any of our new Digital Learning Zones, it might have been set up by one of our STEM Academy interns!
The STEM Academy gives you the opportunity to get real industry experience, that not only will you enjoy, but will help you make contacts that can help you in further study or employment.
Career Academy in Professional Media
The Career Academy in Professional Media will provide students with unique opportunities to work with companies from the media sector, and will be based at the Salford City College’s FutureSkills in the heart of the North’s digital hub, MediaCityUK.