This morning we have 29 members of the local business community supporting our year 11 students with mock interviews. Students have been prepared with lessons on interview skills and producing CVs. This experience will give them valuable practice for any forthcoming interview. During the morning each student will receive instant feedback on how they have ‘performed’ and advice on how to improve for their next interview, which could be for a college course, a part time job or for an apprenticeship.
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who have given up their time to help young people have a greater understanding of preparing for the world of work. The volunteers cover a wide range of employers and sectors including; Coventry University, CU Social Enterprise, Galliford Try, Geosythetics, HMRC, IOSH, Janssen UK, KD HR Solutions, Leicester Racecourse, Michael Gasper, Nationwide Platforms, Royal Air Force, Salad Skills, Skills and Employment Ltd, Wigston Academies Trust.
Recent research shows that young adults who recalled 4 or more encounters with different businesses while at school were 5 times less likely to be ‘not in training or education’ and earned on average 16% more than those who could not recall any encounter. An encounter is an activity that the young person has completed with a person from the world of business – e.g. Work experience, an enterprise activity (learning how to run a business or similar), a purposeful meeting/ discussion/presentation.
This is a great opportunity for the year 11 students and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the volunteers.