I am the proudest advocate of the Career Ready Programme

I was once a Career Ready student myself and my role now gives me the chance to give back to a programme that has given me so much.

Who are you?

My name is Dilon Beqa and I am a Business Studies Programmer and Career Ready Coordinator at Barking and Dagenham College. I’ve been running the Career Ready programme for two years and this year I’m the London and South East Santander Employability Champion 2017. 

What does your role involve as Coordinator?

My role is geared towards inspiring learning, raising aspirations and realising individual potential of our students. I also build and foster employer links as we prepare our students for the world of work.

How does Career Ready help young people? 

The programme provides the opportunity to identify, and further develop key employability skills to ensure career and personal success. 

Mentors are critical friends and provide our students with one-to-one support with coursework and life skills. 

On the programme students get to practice employability skills such as time management, problem solving, CV writing or interview techniques and widen their network of business contacts for the future. They also get an understanding of the workplace from experts in the field. Through their internships students realise the value of attendance, punctuality, the ability to meet deadlines, personal drive and motivation as key ingredients in any ‘recipe for success’.

The whole programme helps to enhance students’ learning by grounding the curriculum in the real, and current, world of work.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I was once a Career Ready student myself and my role now gives me the chance to give back to a programme that has given me so much. I fully recognise the value of building workplace confidence for realising personal and career success.

I am the proudest advocate of a programme that focuses on raising aspirations and achievement of all students involved.

How do you feel to have won this award?

Winning this award will provide further opportunity to shine light on a programme that builds workplace confidence and skills.   

What are your future plans for the programme? 

To continue to identify and foster partnerships with businesses, manage a dynamic quality-driven, vocational-focused, student-centred programme, that ensures we are preparing as many studnets as possible for the world of work. 

The whole programme helps to enhance students’ learning by grounding the curriculum in the real, and current, world of work.