MORE than 40 local businessmen and women conducted a series of mock interviews at Ratton School to help students prepare for the job market.
Students were asked to write an application for their ideal job and then face a panel for a realistic interview.
In total, 220 Year 11 students took part in the process, gaining vital skills in communication and presentation.
The interviews were organised by Janine Peters, learning leader at Ratton School, who said, “Finding a job in the current economic climate is a huge challenge. Youth unemployment is at a record high so we need to do all we can to equip our pupils with the skills to stand out.
“We are thrilled that so many local business leaders took the time to share their experience of recruitment and the interview process. It was an invaluable chance for our pupils to learn some lessons that could prove vital as they enter the job market.”
Among those who sat on the interview panels was Stewart Pierce, finance director at Parker Building Supplies, one of the UK’s leading independent builders’ merchants, and Tim Cobb, managing director of local public relations firm Cobb PR.
Stewart said, “It is frightening to think of the enormous challenges that face our youngsters as they prepare to find a job. It was a pleasure to give an introduction to a realistic job interview scenario in the hope they may have learnt some of the key skills required to impress a future employer and ultimately secure a position.”
Tim said, “We interview many young people for various positions and those who have made the effort to prepare properly always stand out. Hopefully the mock interviews will have given Ratton students some useful tips in these difficult economic conditions.”
There are 1.02 million young people aged 16 to 24 out of work, according to the Office for National Statistics.