Collyer’s Employability students have been put through their paces during a mock interview session run by top experts from Assurity Consulting.
Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Co-ordinator at the Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form College, explained: “Assurity’s Ian Robinson has been running some brilliant workshops with our students over the last few months to prepare them for the big day. Working from real job descriptions, the group have followed the process of researching the company and job role, completing an application and submitting a CV and covering letter.
“After all the preparation and research, they were then finally put through the rigours of a mock interview by an interview team from Assurity.”
Prizes were awarded for Best Interview, Best CV and Covering Letter, Best Question and Best Dressed.
The team from Assurity kindly spent time with each student to talk through the concept of a job interview, and after the mocks, they spoke to the students individually, to provide feedback on their performance and advise on areas they may wish to work on before seeking employment. The feedback from the candidates was very positive.
During the day the students also gained an insight into an interviewer’s perspective, as Ian Robinson and the team gave top-tips about what they look for in candidates, how to stand out from the crowd, methods to build rapport and practical advice on building CV’s.
Employability Co-ordinator Lucy Hargreaves said: “Today was about making the best of the talent our young people have got and helping them develop it. All of the students interviewed demonstrated huge potential.”
Collyer’s Deputy Principal, Steve Martell, who teaches the Employability course, added: “The students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and through a practical exercise picked up a tremendous amount about the world of work.
“Assurity Consulting have been massively supportive of our Employability programme and Ian Robinson’s workshops have been inspirational. We can’t thank him enough!”
“Huge thanks to all of the Assurity Consulting team for giving up their valuable time and helping the next generation.”
Lucy Hargreaves added: “We are really proud of these students. They were dressed professionally, performed superbly and were keen to learn new ideas.
“Well done to everyone who took part today – if it were up to me, I’d say ‘You’re Hired’ to all of them!”