One Hundred and Eighty Year 10 pupils from Hemel Hempstead School took part in an Employability Skills event on Tuesday 26th June 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 “Hemel Hempstead 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 learnt what I need to change on my CV to make it stand out more when applying for jobs”. Another said “I will do lots of research on the company I have an interview at, and be smart.”
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.
“It was such a pleasure to help out with the Employability day at Hemel Hempstead School, facilitated by Connect Dacorum. I enjoyed working very much with both my groups from year 10, who interacted well together, a great bunch of kids.” Cathy White, HR Officer at Aubrey Park Hotel.
April Harbour – Atlas Copco
Mark Rickard – Robert Dyas
Polly Chapman – Epson
Hannah Bailey – Osbornes
Gemma Rydqvist – Herts Chamber of Commerce
Ruth George – Ruth George HR Consulting
Richard McBarnet – Lumina Technologies
Ben Satchfield – The Old Kings Arms
Andy Forbes – AFCC
Louise Martin – One Stop Doctors
Lamare Dunkley – Epson
Collette Devine – Job Centre Plus