Students who get involved reap the cash rewards

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According to Dr Anthony Mann, of Education and Employers Taskforce, students who are motivated to engage with the world of work while still in education “will earn on average £3,600 more than peers who did zero activity.”

Staff at D&A College have long encouraged this sort of engagement. The Motivate Me programme aims to help final year students take the next step into employment.

The College’s Katie Anderson said: “By arranging extra curriculum activities involving employers and students, including work placements and mock interviews, staff at D&A College help ensure a more successful future for our final year students.”

Starting on Monday, March 23, Katie and her team have arranged for a ‘Motivate Me’ event to run at all three D&A Campuses, Kingsway, Gardyne and Arbroath, for five days.

Some 130 local and national companies will meet the students, who will take part in workshops, seminars, motivational talks, and mock interviews, to help them gain the skills and encourage them to engage with employers before they complete their courses.

“We are really grateful to have attracted such prestigious companies and individuals to this event,” said Katie, who expects to see about 3,000 students avail themselves of the information on offer.

Katie and her team have already secured a number of work placements and forged other links with some of those attending, including an unusual employment opportunity – puppeteering!

She said: “Among those attending the event is Steve Wright, of the Puppet Broadcasting Company, who travels all over Europe with his hand-made puppets, delivering public safety messages. Steve will train 24 acting and performing students in puppeteering before they have the chance to voice-over some of the characters in various short films which feature Steve’s puppets.