Longdean 4 smallOver the past 5 years we have seen 1800 pupils go through our Employability Days with over 1,175 hours volunteered.  Now in our 6th year Connect Dacorum is again running the Employability Skills programme in 2019. Can you help out?

This is a half day session whereby volunteers from businesses and charities help a small group of students (8-10 in each group) go through an interactive morning of CV writing, application forms and interview techniques. The day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 1.30pm.

The dates are:

Thursday 2nd May at Longdean School

Thursday 27th June at Hemel Hempstead School

Monday 15th July at Kings Langley School

We need YOU.   Everyone of us has experience of writing CVs and going for interviews, so I would be grateful if you could get the word around your organisations and let me know if you have any volunteers.  I am looking for around 15 people for each day.   

Last year the facilitators came from a wide variety of backgrounds and businesses, all willing to give up their time to help shape the future generation and pass on valuable advice.  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.”

 “Really enjoyable day spent with the students at Longdean School.” said Jane O'Gorman from Ten2Two. 

 "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.

 The pupils also completed a feedback sheet at the end of the day with all of them of them saying that it was 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.”

I have developed a poster (attached) and would be grateful if you could display this on your staff notice board or in your kitchen, and if you know of anyone who would be interested, please do let me know.

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