Year 10 students at Neale-Wade Academy in March were given a valuable insight into the world of work at an Employability Skills Day.
The morning featured a series of employability workshops followed by an afternoon of mock interviews where the students were able to practise some of these key skills. 16 businesses supported the event, helping students to understand routes into employment. These included Smurfitt Kappa, Perkins and Allpress Farms.
Comments from both students and business staff were very positive and both parties learnt a great deal. Sam Mandley, Director of Curriculum and Careers at the school, said: “At Neale-Wade Academy we aim to develop skills in young people to support their success in the next stage of their education, learning or work. We know that by working with employers, and providing activities relating to skills, it increases student’s understanding and knowledge of the business environment, which in turn supports their decisions and raises aspirations for their future.”
Joseph Brown, Category Buyer for Caterpillar, commented: “Industry Days for Students provide a great opportunity for students to practice and demonstrate their skills to real people in real industries. It is a great platform for students to listen and learn from specific feedback from the types of people who regularly interview people for the types of roles within industries that some of these students have a passion to join one day.”