Career Hub Team

Ali Allen 

Prior to joining Gloucestershire College in 2012, Ali’s background is Business Continuity / Emergency Planning. Ali’s experience includes recovering Lloyds banking group in the 2007 floods, preparing for bird flu at Cotswold District Council and finally planning and implementing recovery for the swine flu pandemic on behalf of Herefordshire County Council and Primary Care Trust.  After taking a 12 month career break volunteering with young people, Ali followed her dreams by joining Gloucestershire College, initially on the schools programme working with challenging under 16’s before moving on to work with SEND students, Safeguarding and now in her third year as the Student Development Manager.


For more information, or to sign up to the work placement programme contact Gloucestershire College Career Hub - 

Call: 01452 563220 or Email: employability@gloscol.ac.uk

Lauren Brumby

Lauren is an Employment Coach for the Career Hub, which is part of the Student Development Team. The Career Hub is an extended work placement programme that provides selected Level 3 (A Level equivalent) students with structured and substantial industry experience. We asked her about her role and why it is so important to the student development team.

"I wanted to be an Employment Coach as I felt that when I was a student there was never a lot of support surrounding work experience placements or future progression. I liked the idea of helping young people achieve their goals and figuring out what they would like to do as a career through further opportunities.

When we start working with a student at the start of term they can often feel a bit daunted by the prospect of a work placement as they don’t quite feel ready to spend a day a week in a working environment. Watching the students’ progress over the year and receiving feedback from Employers on how excellent the student has been whilst on placement is definitely my favourite thing about the role.

We support approximately 250+ Students each in the team, so we are really busy getting meaningful work experience for each and every one of them.

You meet a wide range of people being an Employment Coach so you need to be able to communicate efficiently with both students and employers."


For more information, or to sign up to the work placement programme contact Gloucestershire College Career Hub - Call: 01452 563220 or Email: employability@gloscol.ac.uk

Wendy Richins

Wendy works in the Student Development team and Career Hub as a Work placement coordinator for Health and social care and Early years. We caught up with her to find out how taking on a work placement is beneficial to both employers and students, and what she enjoys most about the role after 14 months in the team.

"I decided I wanted a change as I turned 40 and to take on some new challenges, so when the opportunity in the Student Development Team became available it was perfect timing. Every day is different from the last and I’m constantly learning new skills. Working with students, other members of staff from different departments and employers all help to keep me on my toes! Meeting with employers means I can really understand their business needs and find the perfect match for them with a student who has the right abilities and interests.

I was given extra responsibility for looking after Early years on all sites at the start of the year, which I found to be incredibly interesting and beneficial for the rest of my role.  The new T levels work placement program has meant additional information needed to be collected and placements for more students found.  The student’s development team has lots of opportunities to work with charities and support other departments within college on trips.  I went to Glasgow last March for the NUS conference with our student from the student union and we discussed changes we wanted to see for colleges and students in the future."


For more information, or to sign up to the work placement programme contact Gloucestershire College Career Hub - Call: 01452 563220 or Email: employability@gloscol.ac.uk

Alex King

Alex works in the Student Development team and Career Hub as a Senior Employment Coach. We asked him why taking on a work placement is beneficial to both employers and students, and what he enjoys most about the role. 

"I was always eager to work in the education sector, particularly with students aged 16-19, as the prospect of supporting them with their own personal progression as well as the addition of business development was very appealing to me.

The launch of the Career Hub this year, providing industry focused work placements, has added new elements to the role and a real focus on establishing new links with industry.

Sometimes it can be difficult to manage the large case-load of students while maintaining business development links. The role requires me to be very organised and self-motivated.

The Student Development team is an incredibly supportive network, where sharing problems and creating solutions together is a daily activity. Being the busy department that it is, it is essential that this support and team ethic is present."


For more information, or to sign up to the work placement programme contact Gloucestershire College Career Hub - Call: 01452 563220 or Email: employability@gloscol.ac.uk

Louise Webb

Louise is a new Employment Coach for the Career Hub, which is part of the Student Development Team. The Career Hub is an extended work placement programme that provides selected Level 3 students with industry based work experience. We asked her about her new role and why it is so important to the students.

“I was interested in this position because I felt it was such an important role to have within a college. There is so much competition for jobs for young people so being able to help students gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for future employment is hugely important. I enjoy working with young people and I was appealed by the flexibility of the role. I like the variety, working across 3 campuses I work with different staff and students every day, as well as working with local businesses.

The whole of the Student Development team has been very supportive. Being new the role I have had a lot of questions and the team have always been willing to help and share their knowledge. The team have given me training and helped to show me all of the systems and given me the time to practice using these systems myself. It is a very welcoming team and people are always helping each other out. Everyone is approachable and friendly and this is really helpful.”


For more information, or to sign up to the work placement programme contact Gloucestershire College Career Hub - Call: 01452 563220 or Email: employability@gloscol.ac.uk

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