North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded the Employability Chartermark as recognition of its commitment to work-readiness in young people.

The Weston-super-Mare school has been awarded the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employability Chartermark. The award is given to education institutions and businesses in recognition of their commitment to, investment in, and delivery of work-readiness in young people.

NSETC works with multiple employers, businesses and higher education institutions to help ensure its students are prepared for the workplace.

Principal, Darran George, said: “At NSETC we recognise the importance of engaging with employers. Every student studying a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject will receive support from a STEM employer through their day-to-day lessons and also our extensive employer engagement programme.

“This has a direct impact in the development of our students’ employability skills, their confidence to apply to either university or employment, and their long-term career aspirations.”

The charter mark provides recognition for NSETC’s commitment to employability and brings with it the opportunities to work closely with more employers.

NSETC’s Business Development Coordinator, Emma Cox, said:  “This award is a fantastic achievement, we work very hard to give our students access to the most inspirational local and national employers.  We value every business partner that works with NSETC and the impact it has to raise aspirations for our students.”

The Employability Chartermark Assessment Report says: “This is a significant achievement and reflects the level of priority NSETC places on ensuring its students are exposed to a wide range of further and higher education and employment options, and supported to build a platform of knowledge that will enable them to achieve their employability potential.”

NSETC is due to move into a new, multi-million pound campus in Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area in September, where it will be well-placed to continue its work with local and national businesses.

The report says: “The impending move to state-of-the-art facilities on a new site affords considerable opportunities for NSETC to build on its success.”