Shoeburyness High School Benefits from National Careers Inspiration Agenda

Sunday 3rd April 2016

As part of the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda, a Preparation for the Workplace Programme was recently delivered to Year 10 pupils at Shoeburyness High School, Essex.

The aim of the event was to provide the pupils with an opportunity to gain an insight into the real life process of job search, application and interview.  This also included university and college applications, work experience and apprenticeships, where the principles of having to ‘stand out from the crowd’ is the same.

Commencing with a discussion about transferable life skills, the pupils were then encouraged to read and understand job specifications, identifying their skills to the specification required, before completing an application form and preparing for an interview.  Discussion took place around dress code, how to answer questions and how to prepare questions to ask the interviewer. 

These skills were then put into practice with real life employers, such as C2C Rail, British Telecom, Essex County Council, Essex Fire Services, Lloyds Bank, Wickham Engineering , Barclays Bank and Waitrose, delivering mock interviews.  All agreed that the interviews were a great success with the guests delighted to have met such confident, mature and communicative pupils.