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Learner stood facing the camera and smiling in their workplace

A key challenge for many businesses continues to be attracting people with the skills they need. Tackling ‘skills gaps’ with employers is a daily conversation in my role at Weston College. It’s a challenge and has driven the increase in employers engaging with our Future Talent Business Partner scheme, which connects students with employers through our faculty Careers Excellence Hubs.

If you’re reading this blog and planning to recruit new staff, it’s likely that although 80% of the talent you need is probably already in work (your recruitment strategy for skilled people), and perhaps the other 20% are probably in education and yet to join the workforce.

As someone leading business engagement activity at Weston College, I’m often hearing the employer perspective on working with those in education. However, it’s important that we understand what our young people want. We're understanding our audience through our marketing and communication strategies to attract customers, so why shouldn’t we deploy the same approach to find talent to grow our businesses? 

What does the future workforce, as in our young people in education, want from their future career or employer? Here's what I discovered from a few recent conversations here at Weston College:

  1. Values are important. Young people want to work for employers that have clear values that align with their values. Many want more than just a job, and feel that through their job at work, they can positively contribute to the external environment around them.
  2. Work life balance. The pandemic changed the way we work, and work life balance is key for young people too. Some have seen their parents now hybrid working, but to young people work life balance doesn't just mean working from home. Many students place greater importance on their outputs (what they achieve) rather than being measured on their inputs (working hours). They feel what they produce should be valued more than say how much or what time it’s taken to produce their work, which raises questions regarding their attitude to fixed working hours and a desire for flexible working patterns.
  3. Pay fairness, workplace equality and inclusion. Young people want financial stability and fair pay, but they also want to know the vision of their employer and how they’re part of that. Equity is important and they want to see how a business takes equality, diversity, and inclusion seriously. Employer’s approach to EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) is important and how employers communicate this to the future workforce is key.
  4. Social responsibility and sustainability. Many care about climate change as they’ll be here to see further impact of climate change. They do their research and want to know a business cares about the community and external environment around them, and that businesses have taken action to reduce their environmental impact to play their part to mitigate climate change.
  5. Knowing self-worth. Many young people are more self-assured and happier to fight for what they believe in. Remember that those currently in education have little awareness of a deep recession (despite turbulence during the pandemic) and have grown up in a candidate-driven employment market. This also links back to young people placing significant importance on their values.

Important to say that my reflections above is based on conversations with staff and students at Weston College only, and of course not representative of all young people. However, I recently read a survey by the Open University (2024) that said 72% of employers have seen a shift in young people’s values and priorities in the workplace in the past three years.

So, what’s the solution to harnessing and recruiting the workforce of tomorrow? Engagement, having conversations and creating partnerships.

That’s where we can help at Weston College. We connect employers with our students, both in the classroom through talks and projects, through workplace experience through our student industry placement programme and beyond college through apprenticeships.

So, let’s create those conversations. Contact us at to engage with the future workforce and grow your business.

David Crew – Head of Employer Partnerships at Weston College

travel and tourism students receiving a lecture from the border force

Travel and Tourism students at were given a firsthand look into the vital work of Border Force during a guest lecture delivered by Andrew and Lucy, representatives from Border Force stationed at Bristol Airport. 

During the engaging session, students were confronted with eye-opening images and real-life case examples, leaving them shocked at the lengths individuals go to smuggle contraband into the UK. Andrew and Lucy not only highlighted the challenges they face but also provided insights into various career opportunities within Border Force, including application processes and entry requirements. 

"We have had a great afternoon with Border Force from Bristol Airport," commented Travel and Tourism lecturer Hannah. "Our learners were shown examples of how many items are smuggled into the UK, and they were taught about the rules of what is and is not allowed to be brought in." 

The interactive nature of the lecture, which included a role-play scenario of searching luggage filled with mock contraband, provided students with a strong understanding of the responsibilities and complexities of Border Force's work. 

Border Force check all passengers and freight arriving in the UK by air and sea and conduct searches for prohibited, counterfeit or restricted goods such as drugs, firearms, weapons, cash, tobacco, and alcohol. 

The session proved to be a valuable opportunity for Level 2 & Level 3 Travel and Tourism learners to gain insights into a critical aspect of the travel industry and to consider potential career paths within Border Force. 

To find out more about Travel and Tourism at Weston College, click here!

music students performing on the stage of a busy nightclub

Last night marked another triumphant showcase for the talented Weston College Music students. Thanks to a special agreement with the venue owner, students took to the stage once again at The Electric Banana. 

Throughout the evening, students not only captivated the audience with their performances but also played a crucial role in setting up the stage and managing transitions between the nine acts scheduled for the night. This hands-on experience showcased their musical talents and helped to highlight their professionalism and technical skills. 

The diverse lineup of performers underscored the eclectic personalities and skillsets built by the music courses. From renditions of 60s classics that resonated with both young and mature audiences alike to energetic punk anthems and the infectious tunes of a closing function band, the night was a testament to the students' versatility and creativity. 


Our music students performing on the stage of a busy nightclub


One audience member remarked, "It takes me back to my youth and very happy times," reflecting the emotional power of music. Oz students' interpretations of timeless classics left a lasting impression on attendees, showcasing the enduring relevance of musical expression across generations. 

Once again, our students have proven themselves as rising stars in the music scene, leaving their mark on Weston's vibrant cultural landscape!  

This performance forms part of the Creative Arts Careers Excellence Hub. The College has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which evidence our dedication to supporting both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields. 

To find out more about Music at Weston College, click here!

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One Message, Different Voices

Take a look at this powerful film made by the staff of Weston College to show how important it is for everyone from different backgrounds to be included. The film shares heartfelt stories and interviews with a diverse group of staff, showing how accepting different identities and backgrounds can make a big difference. Its purpose is to encourage viewers to think about their own biases and work towards making our community more welcoming to all. We invite everyone, regardless of their background, to join us and be a part of our journey toward a more inclusive future.

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Our workplace champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.