As part of our Raising Aspirations Programme, across 3 days this week our Year 10 students took part in our annual employability and mock interview workshops.

The first session consisted of an employability workshop, to include information given to our students about employability skills, creating a positive first impression and interview skills. The second sessions were mock interviews that ran across two mornings and were supported by a group of professional volunteers who conducted the interviews with our students.

The interactive sessions were designed to give students an insight of what employability skills are and expectations of an employer when attending an interview. The mock interview practice has given the students valuable skills and self-awareness of their own strengths and how to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

We are thrilled to receive great feedback from the students and volunteers about these sessions:

* “The interviewer gave me good advice on how to present myself and how to interact in an interview. I think this will help me feel better prepared for when I have a real interview in the future.”
* “I feel so much more calm, confident and prepared for a real interview scenario.”

Faye Bullock, Careers and Aspirations Co-ordinator, said: “The employability workshops and mock interviews have given students valuable knowledge and understanding of what to expect at an interview and the skills they need for future success. Our students did so well and enjoyed the process and will ensure they are better prepared for job interviews, and interviews for university, apprenticeship or college. We are grateful to the professional volunteers from Lichfield Bridge Builders who have supported our students through this programme.”

Moreover, Lichfield Bridge Builders, said: “Thank you for all you do in preparation. The students of Friary School are a credit to their parents, to themselves and to the school. It’s a joy and privilege to work with you all.”