We were delighted to be part of an Employability Skills event on Tuesday 28th March at Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead, organised by Connect Dacorum.
There were 140 Year 10 pupils split into groups of around eight, with each group having a facilitator or two from local businesses who had given up their morning to help the children with CV writing and interview skills.
The event was interactive for the pupils – interviewing their facilitators before moving on to looking in more detail at their own CVs and giving advice. The second half concentrated on interview skills with mock interviews and also a fun “speed interviewing” game. The pupils came away with lot of helpful feedback and advice directly about what they look for in a CV, covering letter and throughout the interview process.
Cindy Withey, Manager of Connect Dacorum, praised the pupils and facilitators for a great day and said: “Cavendish School will be very proud of their Year 10s who were well-behaved and engaged in the session. It’s a pleasure for Connect Dacorum to organise these events as it benefits the pupils, but is also very rewarding for our facilitators to help shape the future workforce”.
The pupils also completed a feedback sheet at the end of the day with most of them saying that it was really helpful. One wrote: “I have found out that interviewers aren’t trying to catch you out and that first impressions are key”. Another said: “I will make sure that when I go for interviews I will make eye contact, dress smart and overcome my anxiousness”.
Cavendish School said: “What a valuable session for the students. Their level of engagement and feedback responses show how much they enjoyed it. The facilitators made CVs and interview skills very relevant to Year 10 students, despite the world of work being quite a long way off for most of them.”
.Published Date: Mar-30-2017