16 December 2021

Students Get Career Ready with Minecraft Founder and Olympic Gold medallist

Twenty BTEC Level 3 Business and Finance students have joined a new Career Ready Programme called A Capital Experience (ACE).

On Wednesday, 8 December, the online launch event gave students from USP College's Palmer's Campus, Grays, a morning of inspiration, motivation, and skill development.

They heard from Chris van der Kuyl, founder of Minecraft and Greg Rutherford, Olympic gold medallist. Students also experienced an exclusive insight into the world of work when they took a virtual tour of CITI's London offices.

The 12-month long ACE programme individually pairs each student with a business mentor to help them develop important workplace skills and build their confidence and resilience. They will also meet employers and network with different business professionals throughout the year.

Business Teacher Jason Bowen said, "The ACE Programme correlates perfectly with the College's career-focused learning strategy.

"It is a fantastic experience for students to work with business mentors on a regular basis and attend virtual events that will support their career goals.

"I am excited to be part of this launch event and look forward to taking part in future Career Ready programmes that will support our students' employability."

This is one of the many opportunities that the College offers throughout the year to provide practical business experience, such as industry placements, continued professional development days and projects set by local and national companies.

The Business & Finance course is available at our Palmer's Campus, Grays, and Seevic Campus, Benfleet. Find out more.