Cav 5 smallLocal businesses teach pupils how to land a job

One Hundred and forty Year 10 pupils from Cavendish School took part in an Employability Skills event on Tuesday 28th March organised and run by Connect Dacorum.  The pupils were in groups of around 8, and each group had a facilitator or two from local businesses who had given up their morning to help the children with CV writing and interview skills.

All students were in the hall which instantly created a buzz. The event was interactive for the pupils – interviewing their facilitators before moving on to looking in more detail at their own CVs and giving advice.  The second half concentrated on interview skills with mock interviews and also a fun “speed interviewing” game. The pupils came away with lot of helpful feedback and advice directly from employers about what they look for in a CV, covering letter and throughout the interview process.

Cindy Withey, Manager of Connect Dacorum praised the pupils and facilitators for a great day “Cavendish School will be very proud of their Year 10’s who were well behaved and engaged in the session.  It’s a pleasure for Connect Dacorum to organise these events as it benefits the pupils but is also very rewarding for our facilitators to help shape the future workforce”.

The pupils also completed a feedback sheet at the end of the day with most of them of them saying that it was really helpful.  One wrote “I have found out that interviewers aren’t trying to catch you out and that first impressions are key”.  Another said “I will make sure that when I go for interviews I will make eye contact, dress smart and overcome my anxiousness”.

Cavendish School said that “What a valuable session for the students. Their level of engagement and feedback responses show how much they enjoyed it. The facilitators made CVs and interview skills very relevant to Year 10 students, despite the world of work being quite a long way off for most of them.”

The facilitators came from a wide variety of backgrounds and businesses (full list see below), all willing to give up their time to help shape the future generation and pass on valuable advice. 

“The employability day held at The Cavendish School was thoroughly enjoyable. The students really took part in the activities and discussions we had about CVs, interview skills and applications.  It is great to see the support that is given to young people today by Connect Dacorum to help them prepare for the world when they complete their education.”  Katarina Brazell, Solicitor at Lennons Solicitors.

“I really enjoyed taking part in the Employability Day, it was a real pleasure working with the students who were polite, positive and enthusiastic throughout.  It was great to help them start thinking about their future and how to approach the big decisions ahead of them.”  Philippa Shaw, Dacorum Borough Council.

If there are any businesses who would like their staff to be involved and become a facilitator for these events later in the year at Longdean School in May and Hemel Hempstead School in July please contact Cindy Withey at Connect Dacorum on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Katrina Brazell – Lennons Solicitors

Caroline Taylor – Eckoh

Joanne Truscott – Eckoh

Jenny Cole – Eckoh

Karen Gosen – Gaddesden Place RDA

Gordon Dickens – Tutor Doctor

Peggy Barnard – Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions

Cathy Hoggett – JSR Talent

Ash Vekaria – Lumina Technologies

Clare Bentall – Clare Bentall Career Coaching

Kimberley Woodcock – Spirit of the Old Town

Mark Young – IT Consultant

Ellie Jenkins – BAM Construct

Philippa Shaw – Dacorum Borough Council

Marion Hurley – ex Dixons

Jacinta Hurt – EcoService (UK) Ltd

Jeanette Squires – Squires Estates Agents


About Connect Dacorum

Connect Dacorum is a partnership between the business, public and voluntary sectors that actively participates in creating a better quality of life for all in the Dacorum and surrounding area.

We provide information and expertise on community involvement opportunities for organisations of all sizes and support our members in the delivery of their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

We are a project of Community Action Dacorum

Contact:  Cindy Withey

Tel:  01442 228216

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