ePass route to Employability

Developing students who are ready for work

Being work ready is absolutely essential for our students to achieve their dream career in today's competitive job market.

To ensure they have additional skills which will set them apart from other applicants and put them in as strong a position as possible, Suffolk New College has developed the ePASS - their route to employability.

Students are assessed in a wide range of competencies:

  • Communications Skills, including ethics
  • Self Management
  • Applied Digital Skills
  • Problem Solving / Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Positive Work Ethic
  • Stand Out from the Crowd

The standard required to attain each of these levels has been set following employer research and so reflects the attributes that businesses are looking for.

Out students will be able to highlight their ePASS as part of a job application and take it with them to interviews to show future employers that they are able to operate in a working environment and be an asset to their business.

Reaction to the ePass from employers:

"IBC welcomes the introduction of the 'ePASS' for Suffolk New College students. It will enable employers - including the Borough Council - to see the extent to which applicants have a more rounded skill base in support of their academic or vocational achievement."

Russell Williams, Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council

"To thrive, [businesses] need access to a quality ‘pipeline’ of young people entering the labour market for the first time. However, businesses often report that young people are inadequately equipped with the soft skills and knowledge needed to make a smooth transition from education to the workplace. That’s why we support Suffolk New College’s ePass scheme, that aims to prepare young people for employment."

John Dugmore Chief Executive, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

"The job market is fiercely competitive and employers will always be attracted to those students that have a greater ability to integrate into the workplace. This initiative is fantastic for Suffolk New College students and will be a huge benefit to potential employers."

Ian Twinley Chairman, John Grose Group

"We often struggle finding young people who have developed the necessary skills to be able to understand the behaviours and practices of the working world. They are often ill-equipped to make the transition from education into full-time employment. We welcome Suffolk New College’s ePASS scheme."

Lorna Owen, Administration and Human Resources Manager, New Wolsey Theatre