Longdean 4 smallLocal businesses teach pupils how to land a job

Two Hundred Year 10 pupils from Longdean School took part in an Employability Skills event on Thursday 4th May 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.


This year the event took place in their new school building and 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 “Longdean 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 about interviews and a variety of skills needed”. Another said “I will apply the communication skills that I have developed.”

Longdean School said “This activity gives our students an amazing opportunity to learn future skills needed in the workplace. It gives them the chance to spend 2 hours with a local employer in a small group situation where they are able to ask questions and find out information that is important to 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.

“Really enjoyable day spent with the students at Longdean School – very bright futures ahead.” Said Olivia Tunnell from UK Power Reserve. Jeanette Squire from Squires Estates was equally positive about the event “I have just spent a positive morning teaching CV and interview skills to pupils at Longdean School, an experience I found to be very rewarding as they felt and appeared a lot more confident at the end of the sessions.” And Carolina Karlstrom from Jade Advisory said “I really enjoyed working with the students and knowing I was doing something useful to support them in their career development. They were polite and stayed engaged for the whole two hours – well done kids!”

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 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.


Leah Waller – Lennons Solicitors

Karen Gosen – Gaddesden Place RDA

Gordon Dickens – Tutor Doctor

Ash Vekaria – Lumina Technologies

Mark Young – IT Consultant

Jacinta Hurt – EcoService (UK) Ltd

Jeanette Squire – Squire Estates Agents

Carolina Karlstrom – Jade Advisory

Olivia Tunnell – UK Power Reserve

Sonia Zahid – UK Power Reserve

Richard Doran – Barclays Bank

Bev Hamilton – Woodfield School

Hannah Bailey – Osborne

Gemma Smith - Osborne

Jean Dove – retired NHS Human Resource Manager

Sarah Clark – Druglink

Danny Powlsland – retired engineer