Flagship event attracts local businesses to Pool Academy

Local businessmen and women have agreed to take part in Pool Academy’s flagship mock interview day this year to put Year 11 students through their paces.

Students will be wearing their smartest attire when they arrive at school on Tuesday ready to be grilled by one of around 23 members from the business community and local colleges.

Pool Academy was one of the first secondary schools in Cornwall to create the event to show young people what it is really like to be interviewed by top bosses.

In the last six years this event has taken place some students had been so impressive that they were offered jobs and apprenticeships on the spot.

This year those who have agreed to take part includes Cornwall Marine Network Limited, Coastline Housing, Cornwall College, the Project Skills coordinator from Kier, the Talent Development Coordinator from Cornwall Council and South West Electrical Solutions.

Nigel Williams, teacher at Pool Academy, is coordinating the event.

He said: “This is a very useful day for our students and they get a lot out of it.

“They have been writing their CVs in preparation to show prospective employers.

“Mock Interview day gives them a real insight into what interviews are like and how businessmen and women conduct them.

“It also gives our students something to aspire to and follows on from the experiences they gained in Year 10 when they took part in work experience placements.”

Christiana Richardson