Year 9 pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe benefitted from a day’s “job seeking” workshop which was organised by Manchester City Council's Wythenshawe Regeneration Team and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
The pupils spent the day gaining advice and participating in activities covering how to search for a job, writing effective CVs and application forms, typical interview questions and how to present well at an interview. The business experts provided valuable advice on how to effectively present themselves both in writing and in person to achieve the best start for their careers.
Employers from a variety of industries and market sectors supported this event including Microsoft, Manchester Airport, Open University, MCFC and Lloyds Banking. The employers are members of BW3 (Business Working with Wythenshawe) who have volunteered their time at this event (for further information visit: www.bw3.org.uk).
The pupils had an individual mock interview with an employer. “I felt very nervous about the interview but I know that I am now better prepared and will be less nervous when it is a real job interview. Also the employers gave us feedback on how we did which was really useful,” said one of the pupils involved.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils,” commented Mr Mike Whiteside, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The experience and advice they gained during the day will prove to be invaluable as they progress to embarking upon their careers.”
“The lessons which our pupils can learn through involvement with local business people are so important to their development,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was an enjoyable day which allowed the pupils to prepare for the world of work. We appreciate the time the local business people spent at our school supporting our pupils and helping them to develop the skills necessary for success.”