Sixth form students at Neale Wade Academy were put through their paces when a group of employers came into the school to run mock interview sessions.
The employers were left so impressed with the standard of the students’ ambition and attitude that they said they would have offered them a real job at their firm.
The Academy has been working with the FEE (Fenland Enterprise in Education) Project to help pupils who will soon be leaving sixth form education prepare to take their first step on the career ladder.
Students picked one of five ‘mock jobs’ to apply for and prepared an application before being interviewed. Amy Wilson, FEE project co-ordinator, worked with a group of 13 students to prepare job applications and help them understand how employers make decisions.
The exercise was undertaken as a real job interview situation, with students encouraged to think about the skills and attributes relevant to the job they wanted to apply for and good examples of experiences they could use for interview answers. Students were even given an official letter to invite them to interview.
Every student agreed afterwards the experience was invaluable to them and they had learned a lot.
Eight representatives from local companies Nestle Purina, CUB UK Ltd, Produce World and Fenland District Council gave their time to carry out the interviews and were impressed with what they saw.
Andrew Thorley from Produce World said: “The student I interviewed was brilliant - I would have asked him to start tomorrow! The pupils were all fantastic. They knew what they wanted to do and how to get there.”
The interviews were part of the FEE Project initiative, which aims to get local businesses involved with schools to help young people get a rounded insight to working life while they are still in education.
If your business would like to get involved, contact project manager Katie Hart at manager@FEE-project.co.uk or 07891-308050.