Introducing students to the world of work

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PUPILS at William Parker School in Daventry got a glimpse of what awaits them in the real world this week.

The school based in Ashby Road arranged interviews with the heads of several local companies for their Year 11 students on Tuesday. This enabled pupils work on their interview technique and get ready for the working world.

Youngsters were asked questions but also carried out research on the company in advance as well as dressing for the occasion.

The school’s work-related learning and enterprise co-ordinator Phil Robbins said: “The Year 11 will soon be getting to the stage where they will be applying for college or for jobs out in the real world. These mock interviews are part of their social, personal and development course and it is a chance to put into practice what we have been teaching them.”

It was a worthwhile exercise for the pupils who got the chance to evaluate their own performance afterwards as well as that of their peers.

Mr Robbins added: “We gave the children a questionnaire before and after the interview which asked how prepared they felt.

“There was around 95 per cent of children who felt they were much more prepared and ready to take on a job interview as opposed to 50 per cent before. It is very reassuring to know the children are getting real benefits from what we are teaching.”

Mr Robbins also said the employers who were carrying out the mock interviews gave a lot of positive feedback to the pupils.

He added: “The employers were very impressed by our students and there were a lot of them who said they could have offered jobs to the pupils afterwards.”