During your time at Bury College you will develop key study, employability, and transferable skills to support your progression to a positive destination at the end of your study programme.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

These qualities are embedded throughout your study programme, you may not even realise you are learning them.  This complete approach to study ensures you are fully prepared for your future destination, armed with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours for a successful career.

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Positive Futures Careers Programme

Bury College actively promotes employability skills and integrates them into study programmes by using a diverse range of activities.

These include:

  • Work placements
  • Volunteering
  • Social action projects
  • Talks by employers
  • Industry study visits
  • Employment and university fairs

Careers Guidance

As you progress through your study programme you will benefit from excellent careers advice and guidance, based upon your own individual needs. This is to help you choose a career opportunity that is right for you.

Individual support and guidance may include:

  • Advice on career routes
  • Support with compiling and developing CVs and covering letters
  • Completing job applications
  • Mock interviews
  • Support with UCAS applications and advice on funding
  • Information on job vacancies and apprenticeships
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Work Placements

Career enhancing work placements are an essential part of your study programme.

The college has a dedicated team of Work Placement Co-ordinators to help you secure placements and gain high quality industry experience. Placements will vary from course to course, and you may undertake a placement as part of your core provision for at least one week during the academic year. Placements can take place on study days, during college holidays or as part of your course timetable.

Additional benefits of completing work placements include the opportunity to:

  • Develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills
  • Improve the content of your CV and UCAS application
  • Explore different career options
  • Improve your confidence in a working environment
  • Appreciate the relevance of your course and how it can be applied in a work situation

Industry Placements

T Levels and a number of our Level 3 vocational programmes offer the opportunity to undertake a 45-day industry placement with an employer in a role directly relevant to your course. These extended placements will give you the opportunity to put your learning into practice, develop technical skills and become more employable.

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