Each year, all Year 11 students at Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough take part in a mock interview with a local employer. This activity aims to prepare students for the world of work and builds on prior careers activities around applying for jobs or courses, writing personal statements and developing a CV.
Due to the size of the year group, the interviews take place over a period of two weeks, with local employers giving up their valuable time to support this initiative. Employers included: Babcock, Bakkavor, Bauer Media, British Sugar, Coca Cola, Hegarty Solicitors, Hunt and Coombs, Ikea, Moore Stephens, Perkins, Premier Inn, Rosedale Lettings, Skanska and Tesco.
After carrying out the mock interview, employers make time to give constructive feedback to each of the students, giving them a valuable insight into the skills needed to be successful in interviews.
Heather Tarney-Peters, Head of Life Skills at the school, was very positive about the event: “It was a truly worthwhile experience and thrilling to see the boost in confidence from the feedback and genuine interest each employer showed them. We would like to thank The Skills Service for organising this activity and the employers too as we are very grateful to them for giving up their time.”
One of the interviewers, Su Jackson from Coca-Cola, said afterwards: “It is a real privilege to be involved with this event and experience the young people’s enthusiasm and plain honesty about their futures. It is very fulfilling to think I may have made even the slightest impact on just one of their lives and future careers.”