As part of our Raising Aspirations Programme, today Year 12 students took part in an Employability and Mock Interview Workshop. The employability workshop provided information to our students on employability skills, making a positive first impression, using effective communication skills and how to perform in an interview setting.

The mock interviews involved a group of volunteering professionals who held individual mock interviews with the students. This helped students engage in this practice by using work, life experiences and achievements to help prepare them for future interviews. The sessions were very interactive and gave the students great exposure and insight into the importance of employability skills to help prepare them for when it comes to the real thing when applying for university, apprenticeships and employment.

Not only have we received great feedback from our students about the workshops and how useful they have found it, we have received excellent feedback from the volunteers conducting the interviews, expressing how focused, aspirational and professional our students were in their interviews.

Students said:
“The overall experience was very informative and has helped me to be better prepared for the interview process, I feel that my confidence has improved also.”

“The sessions have given me clear guidance and I feel much more equipped to approach this in the future using the new skills I have learnt.”

Faye Banks, Aspirations Programme Coordinator, said: “This is an invaluable experience for our students, ensuring they all receive the exposure to employability skills and mock interviews to carry forward into their futures. We are proud to work with Lichfield Bridge Builders and thank them for their continued support. It gives us great comfort that students are better equipped, prepared and have a more confident approach through this experience for future university, apprenticeship and workplace interviews.”