PREPARING FOR THE WORKPLACE
Local employers have been teaming up with Year 11 students from The Coleshill School as part of the academy’s annual ‘Practice Interview Day’.
Year 11 students ‘dressed to impress’ in smart business wear for their practice interviews. Outside companies including: Balfour Beatty, Compass, HS2, Network Rail, Powerfix Connections Ltd, Marriott Hotels, Willmott Dixon, RPS Group, University of Birmingham, NHS, British Army, Barclays Bank, Royal Navy, Robert Walters Group Recruitment, Clive Mark, together with a selection of independent professionals, conducted the interviews which students had prepared for by completing formal application forms. The 20 minute interviews were conducted just like ‘the real thing’ with structured questions about themselves including their predicted grades, outside interests and work experience.
For most of the students it was their first interview and a really important and valuable learning experience for them. Feedback from the potential employers was really positive, including:
“Really impressed by the enthusiasm of all the students, especially those who had researched the company”.
“A great day supporting young people starting out into the big wide world!”
“Another terrific success! Students really shining and carrying themselves with maturity. Lots of good conversations with lots of high performers!”
“It was a real pleasure meeting the bright and charming students. Many were interested in the forces but I can see big things for some of them at HS2 The Midland’s Engine”.
Eileen Bishop, Careers Lead for the school commented “We are truly committed to equipping our students with the skills they will need to ensure a bright future awaits them.”
Headteacher Ian Smith-Childs said: “Our students really benefit from taking part in the interviews, especially with such a crucial life changing time ahead. They took feedback and considered this to support them with their future endeavours. We would like to thank all the companies and their representatives for taking part and we look forward to welcoming them back to school in the future. A special thank you to Chartwells (Compass) who kindly sponsored the event and provided an excellent lunch for our guests.”