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Counselling networking event

On Thursday 26 March, the counselling department held their networking event at Dacorum campus. Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling students were challenged to create their own displays in advance and present them to the local employers on the day. They also had the chance to speak to the agencies about work and volunteering opportunities.

Local employers in attendance included Age UK, Rape Crisis Bucks, Road Victims Trust, Resolve, Signpost, Steiner School and Dacorum Education Support Centre. They visited the campus from 12.30pm to view the displays in various rooms across the building. Each of the rooms represented various counselling theorists and ideas.

Oliver Whitefield, Counselling student, said: “I feel really proud of myself, my fellow students and my tutors. I was part of the display team and was responsible for brainstorming and creating paintings for the walls, as well as producing my own display. Today’s event was a great opportunity for us to meet employers in the sector.”

Peter Trowsdale, Programme Co-ordinator for Counselling, said: “The students started working on this project in January to plan and organise the event while also producing all of the displays. They should all be immensely proud of their efforts; the displays were well thought-out and professional. The students are a credit to the College, their hard work has paid off and they’ve worked brilliantly as a team. I’d like to thank the employers for coming in today to meet our students.”

Some of the employers had their say on the event and spoke highly of the College and students.

Sarah Jones from Road Victims Trust said: “I was delighted to be invited to the counselling networking day at West Herts College. I wanted to see if students would be interested in working with us and I’m also keen on building a relationship with the College as we work locally in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. I’ve been impressed with the day and the facilities here are amazing. The students were very open, happy and a pleasure to talk to.”

Susan Woolnough from Signpost said: “It’s been a really lovely afternoon to meet the students and having the opportunity to speak to them about what Signpost do.”

Karen Pullin from Steiner School said: “It’s been inspiring and informative. I’m looking forward to exciting opportunities that lay ahead.”

The afternoon ended with students, tutors and employers indulging in a delicious buffet lunch as they continued to network about work opportunities. In the second year of their course, students have to rack up 100 hours of volunteering work in the counselling sector to comply with national requirements. The event was a great success as students were offered interviews and placements on the day.