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Students Offered Jobs Following Civil Service SWAP

19th March 2021

Students offered employment following the Civil Service Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP), run by Barking & Dagenham College.

Three adult BDC students; Monike, Rickdeep and Mohammed, were referred by the Department of Work and Pensions after participating in the three-week Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) which responds to immediate skill gaps in key sectors by providing skill development and progression opportunities.

This programme is a prime example of how partnerships between employers and colleges can yield great benefits. Using an entirely remote learning model, SWAPs offers a flexible learning approach to speciality sector training, working with employers to help identify their recruitment needs.

Tim Carey, Business Enterprise & Skills Development Lead at Barking & Dagenham College comments “Through the SWAP, Barking & Dagenham College partners with employers to fill their skills gaps whilst creating opportunities for individuals. It is a great opportunity for individuals who have been furloughed and thinking of a career change”.

To find out about SWAP, support with online job applications and remote working, contact Tim Carey (via

"The Sector-Based Work Programme helped me develop the skills needed to be successful with online job applications and the support given when developing my Behaviour Statement, understanding Psychometric and Situation Judgements Testing was excellent. I’m really grateful for what the Skill Based Academy has given me. My confidence has been greatly improved and since completing the course, I have had two successful job applications in my chosen retail sector"

Commented Yunus, a BDC Student and Department of Pension SWAP Programme Participant
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