2016 poster ALL smallFollowing on from last year’s very successful Employability Days at Longdean School and Hemel Hempstead School, Connect Dacorum is again running the programme in 2016.  This time we have three schools taking part.

The dates are:

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th January at Cavendish School

Tuesday 19th & Tuesday 26th April at Longdean School

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th July at Hemel Hempstead School

This is a half day session whereby volunteers from businesses help small groups of students (8-10 in each group) in Year 10 go through an interactive morning of CV writing, application forms and interview techniques.

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.  I will also arrange a briefing session before each event.  

Last year the pupils completed a feedback sheet at the end of the day with all of them of them saying that it was really helpful.  One wrote “I found out the key points of how to be employed and what is needed in your CV. And interviews, always prepare for an interview and think about what employers are looking for”.  Another said “I have found out how to sell yourself, make known all your qualities and things to do and not to do when attending an interview. Also how to enhance our CVs”.

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. 

Hannah Bailey from Osborne said “Osborne were delighted to spend the day with students from Longdean school. It was inspiring to see how enthusiastic and engaged they were in discussing their options after education. It goes to show the impact it can have when schools and businesses work together.”

“Machins Solicitors thoroughly enjoyed taking part in what was a very rewarding day with an engaging and dynamic group of students” said Abi Palmer, Marketing Manager at Machins Solicitors who sent along two of their trainee solicitors

Don't forget to book your place at our ever popular Christmas Lunch which will be held at Shendish Manor Hotel.  We will be supported again this year by the Mayor of Dacorum, the Mayor of Berkhamsted and the Mayor of Tring, along with Mike Penning MP and David Gauke MP.

Our guest speaker is Dr Gordon Woo, Catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions (RMS).  Trained in mathematical physics, Dr. Woo has consulted on all the various natural hazards for industrial corporations, government organizations, as well as the global insurance industry.

Gordon Woo is a catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), specializing in mathematical modeling of extreme risks, with a particular focus on catastrophe insurance. Apart from his scientific papers, he is the author of two books, published by Imperial College Press:‘The Mathematics of Natural Catastrophes’, and ‘Calculating Catastrophe’.

Top mathematics graduate of Cambridge University, he completed his PhD in theoretical physics at MIT as a Kennedy Scholar, and was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has just been appointed a visiting professor at UCL.

Our sponsors for this event are Shendish Manor Hotel, SA Law, BP and B&M Care.

Christmas Invite

Sept 15 front pageAttached is the latest Connect Dacorum Newsletter which contains news about the Summer Party, Hemel Cartridges and The Repair Shed, Connect Dacorum’s 10th birthday celebrations, Work Experience at Lumina Technologies, Eckoh Staff Volunteer at Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled, Big Business Quiz, Hemel Hempstead School Employability Day, Great Companies Doing Great Things, Focus on CAD


summer partyThe next Connect Dacorum networking event is being held on Monday 7th September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Berkhamsted Cricket Club, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted, HP4 1HE.  Nibbles and Pimms will be available.

Please let me know whether you will be attending by no later than Tuesday 1st September latest and feel free to forward the invite to a colleague who you think would also be interested.


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