Students offered a chance of work after impressing employers

Pool Academy students were offered the chance to apply for work after impressing local employers during a mock interview event.

Year 11 students dressed up in their best attire ready to show off their skills when they took part in the event to discover what it is like to be interviewed for a job.

A number of representatives from local businesses arrived at the school to look over CVs and talk to students.

Some of the employers taking part were so impressed with the children they offered them the chance to apply for apprenticeships.

Nicola, Grenfell, Careers Advisor at Pool Academy, said: “It was a brilliant day.

“A couple of our students were offered the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeships and a few were also asked to apply for summer jobs. The students weren’t expecting that.”

Sarah Newham, Parent Governor who leads on the Careers Agenda, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous event. The business representatives were impressed by the efforts being invested to support students on their journey towards the world of work.

“Many remarked on the calibre, confidence, presentation, good behaviour and positive attitude of students, concluding that they are a credit to the school.

“The employers were enthused and keen to be involved and commended Pool Academy for preparing students for transition between school and beyond.  

“I don't believe any other Cornish schools are preparing students to this level. The event has gone from strength to strength and is a credit to the school.

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“Businesses in attendance ranged across all sectors providing students with a real life interview experience and gave students individual feedback about their performance.”

Ms Grenfell said she received positive feedback after the event from the employers who took part.

She said: “One said if they did an apprenticeships scheme they would have offered it to one student there on the spot.

 “The employers were very impressed with the way the students presented themselves and the way they asked questions.”

Feedback comments from the local businesses included ‘well organised’, ‘enjoyed meeting the students’ and ‘fantastic event’.

Another said: "It was a fantastic day and opportunity for the pupils. I couldn't believe how many companies attended giving such a wide variety of career choice for the pupils. I wish I had the opportunity to do this when I was at school." 

Ms Grenfell hoped the mock interviews had helped students more confident about participating in real ones in futures.

Christiana Richardson