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Employability skills

As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to build the valuable skills which employers are looking for.

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Realise - the gateway to unlocking your potential

The college is committed to ensuring that all students reach their potential by supporting them to achieve a higher-level qualification. Realise is a new HE service, based in the atrium in the Vision University Centre. It is the central gateway to graduate employment and employer engagement, offering practical advice, support, training and development in the following areas:

  • successful progression into either appropriate graduate employment or further higher-level studies
  • individual and group careers advice and guidance
  • promoting the skills, qualities and behaviours required in the workplace
  • making the most of work placements and/or work-related learning opportunities
  • networking with employers through industry initiatives, employer panels and conferences
  • planning the transition into the workplace, including CV writing, job applications and interview techniques
  • providing guidance on setting up a business
  • accessing job opportunities and further training, online, in-house and via our partner universities.

For futher details, please contact Anne Clifford the HE Employability Manager

Become work-ready with employability skills

All of our courses are vocational and have been designed with employers so you will learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes that recruiters are looking for. We do this by creating opportunities for you to be exposed to what’s really happening in industry so most of our courses have a work-related element which could be a formal work placement.

Curriculum-based opportunities

These are some of the different kinds of work-related activities that you might experience on your course:

Work-related learning
  • Live briefs from employers
  • Industry visits
  • Guest speakers
  • Employer panels
  • Employer showcases
  • Consultancy projects
  • Practical simulations
  • Research project
  • Work placements

Student-based opportunities and support

Opportunities to develop your employment skills are not just found within classrooms. Often, it is what you do in addition to your course that really helps you stand out. Below are just some of the other opportunities on offer to you that could help you develop your employability skills or build your CV:

  • Course representative
  • Student advocate scheme
  • Careers guidance
  • Student conferences and showcases
  • Employability programmes
  • Students’ Union/NUS
  • Volunteering schemes


Gaining a higher-level qualification can open many new doors for you. If you are looking for a career change or wish to explore where your new qualification may lead you, our careers team will be happy to provide advice and guidance. Our careers team can also offer advice and guidance on the various financial loans and grants that are available to you, whether you are studying full or part-time. Contact them directly to book an appointment:

01623 413325

Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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