Pupils get career smart as scheme returns to their classroom

Local businesses Marshalls and Provident running mock interviews for students at Park Lane Leaning Trust, Exley Pictured Jake Hayes is interviewed by Steve Taylor and Marc Stoker from Marshalls
Local businesses Marshalls and Provident running mock interviews for students at Park Lane Leaning Trust, Exley Pictured Jake Hayes is interviewed by Steve Taylor and Marc Stoker from Marshalls
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Pupils got another taste of the world of work as a careers scheme came back to class.

Career SMART, which was piloted at Park Lane Learning Trust last year, saw Calderdale business leaders give workshops on skills such as CV writing and preparing for interviews.

Pupils were then interviewed for a mock role at the companies - Marshalls and Provident Insurance - and were given feedback from their performance.

Nine were “hired” for the job and Charlotte Morley won a prize for her positive attitude.

The scheme is the brainchild of the charity Business in the Community, which promotes responsible business.

Nick Sharpe, commercial trader at Marshalls, and his colleague Paula Connell, internal sales manager, said they were impressed with all the candidates.

“They were all very prepared and obviously the workshops had done that,” they said.

“They all answered the questions in good interview style and it showed that they were serious about learning.”

Sally Barrett, senior claims negotiator at Provident, said: “We’ve been very impressed with the way the students have taken on board what they learned in the workshops and they’ve gone away and prepared for the interview. We thought they were very mature in their conduct today.”

Michelle Hogan, key stage four intervention manager at the school in Exley, Halifax, said: “Once again, it was a fantastic event! Career SMART is a brilliant opportunity for students to experience a real interview situation. “I believe this is invaluable in preparing them for the future. I am very proud that we are the first school in Calderdale to offer this programme.”