We were delighted to once again have the opportunity to hold our Employability Workshop for Year 12 students, as part of The Friary’s Raising Aspirations Programme, which aims to ensure all students take part in occasions that help to prepare them for life beyond school.

Led by Rick Hill, a local businessman who works closely with the school to offer such events, the morning included an informative session in which professionals spoke with students about the importance of employability skills such as making a great first impression, communication skills and the ability to tailor one’s life experiences and qualifications to specific sectors or job interviews. The interactive session was designed to ensure every student is prepped and ready to go when it comes to university, apprenticeship or job interviews in the coming year.

The second half of the session involved all students engaging in a practice formal interview and we were thrilled to receive brilliant feedback from the students about the day’s events:

“Really useful content about the different pathways I can take and great information about how to stand out in an interview.”

“I found the opportunity to be interviewed so helpful – it gave me the opportunity to put into action the skills and steps that we had been taught throughout the morning. I will definitely use the skills explained today to improve my future experiences.”

Sarah Phillips, Head of Sixth Form, said: “More than ever, we want to ensure our Sixth Form students are better prepared and feel more confident about planning the future next steps. Today’s Employability Workshop has given students so much to consider as well as a newly acquired skillset to implement in future interview scenarios. All in all, it was a brilliant morning.”