Employability Statement“We stand a chance of overcoming the national skills shortage if we bring the problem to a local level and create a system which helps us to redefine workforce skills needs at the same time as reforming our education and training systems. Working with University Campus Oldham we can bring together local employers and the public sector agencies to form an alliance which works to deliver in-demand skills when they’re needed.”
Dave Benstead, Chair of Oldham Enterprise Trust
At University Campus Oldham supporting our students to achieve their potential is the aim in everything we do.
We want to see all our students achieve the very best they can academically, but also develop the skills they will need for their future career. Employability is therefore at the centre of all our academic programmes.
We have relationships with regional and national employer networks and professional bodies. We are responsive to national and regional policy requirements.
At UCO we are committed to partnership working. We are a pivotal link across the public, private and third sector. By working together we improve the outcomes for our community.
Our collaboration and strong engagement with local employers means that we can equip students with the skills to meet workforce requirements. Our curriculum planning strategy therefore results in appropriately skilled graduates ready to take up employment opportunities.
We work proactively with local employers to provide a series of flexible options for education, training and development. This includes full time, part time and short programmes. Our programmes are recognised and valued by employers. Employability is at the core of what we teach, how we teach and how we assess. At University Campus Oldham our academic programmes are taught by experienced lecturers with specialist industry experience. Industry experts are involved in our delivery as guest speakers and mentors. Employers are actively involved and contribute in a variety of ways.
For example, some of our Foundation degree programmes have work experience placements embedded in the curriculum. Others have access to industry based mentors, and work based projects provided by local employers.
Students studying at University Campus Oldham can be assured that our programmes are topical, relevant, work based and develop skills that employers require.
We support our students in securing careers in their chosen profession. We have a dedicated careers service, and regular 1:1 pastoral tuition sessions. We also have an Academic Excellence team available to work with students to develop professional skills.
Our industry specialist lecturers can provide support and guidance in understanding career pathways and writing industry specific CVs. Our aim is to give all of our students the best skills possible to follow the career pathway of their choice. Our employers value our students and these links provide opportunities to develop career pathways.