|St John Fisher Catholic High pupils prepare for the world of work
St John Fisher Catholic High pupils Ryan Morris and Joe Winstanley
Pupils at St John Fisher Catholic High school in Wigan have been honing their interview skills at an Industry Preparation Day held at the DW Stadium.
The event was hosted by Wigan Council’s Education Business Partnership (EBP) in association with the Connexions service and a range of employers from both the public and private sector.
Pupils were given the opportunity to experience a business interview prior to starting their work experience placements and a series of workshops were delivered by school, Connexions and EBP staff.
Andrew Bond, Parks Regeneration Manager for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust gave an inspiring opening presentation to the Year 10 pupils, talking about his personal progression route and the positive impact his own work experience placement had on his future career.
In today’s increasingly competitive environment, it has never been more important for pupils to be ready to meet the demands of the workplace and sell themselves to potential employers.
Gill Sanderson, Business Links Co-ordinator at Wigan Council’s EBP says: “In the current economic climate, it is becoming increasingly competitive to find a job and students need to be equipped with the skills that employers are looking for. Events such as this are designed to ensure pupils are prepared, by giving them an understanding about the world of work and the range of jobs and careers available to them.”
Students were given the opportunity to talk to local employers and training providers, to further their knowledge and understanding about the world of work and were encouraged to share their ideas and concerns.
Pupil, Clare McGurrin, who is undertaking a work experience placement with Wigan’s EBP said: “The preparation for work day was a great introduction to my work experience, and I think the skills we gained will help us again in the future when we apply for college and go looking for jobs. We learned how to best present ourselves, both on paper and in interviews, which I think will give us much more confidence in those situations. I really enjoyed all of the workshops, especially the role-play on good and bad interviews.”
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People, Cllr Susan Loudon said: “Industry preparation days are an excellent way of giving students the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills before they venture forth into industry or college. I’m sure that pupils will have found the event invaluable in helping them deal with interview situations.”