A NEW scheme to prepare students for the world of work has been hailed a success after its launch at a Halifax high school.
Year 10 pupils at Park Lane Learning Trust have been working with three Calderdale employers as part of the Career SMART project.
They have taken part in interactive workshops with business volunteers from Marshalls, Provident Insurance and the RSA Group, learning skills such as CV writing and attending mock interviews.
Kurtis Bottomley, 15, said the experience will come in useful when he pursues a career in music teaching.
“I’ve found it great and I think if more students could do it, they’d find it really good too,” he said.
“It’s something that everyone should get to experience - it’s been really worthwhile.”
The scheme is the brainchild of Business in the Community, which plans to roll it out across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Julie Cullen, of the charity, said: “The students have done really well.
“They have really taken on board what they heard in the workshops, they’ve worked hard to complete their job applications, they’ve done very thorough research and they have really presented themselves well.”
Steve Taylor, of Marshalls, said the students had coped well under pressure in the mock interviews.
“When they first came in some of them were shaking, they were really nervous and didn’t know what to expect.
“By the time they left us they were quite comfortable and they will know what to expect in future.”
Neil Davidson, also of the firm, said: “It’s nice to be able to say that the business is putting something back into the local community.”
Park Lane’s Key Stage 4 manager Michelle Procter said the scheme was particularly valuable at a time of high youth unemployment.
“We think it’s very important that children start to be prepared for the world of work as early as possible,” she said.
“It’s important to give them skills that are going to make them stand out against other candidates, particularly in light of the job market as it is.
“We really want to thank the businesses who have helped our students and given them some really valuable experience and feedback.”