Individual mock interview sessions of half an hour were delivered to over 1,600 pupils in the nine months to July 2015. Feedback shows that confidence among pupils about interviews before the sessions was 25% and following the sessions had risen to 80%.

Approximately 150 pupils have attended CV writing workshops. In advance of the workshops, 60% of pupils rated their knowledge / confidence in CV writing as 1 or 2 out of 5 (poor). After the workshops 83% rated their understanding as 4 or 5 out of 5. Employers unanimously rated workshops of great value in engaging education with business.

The programme of mock interviews and CV writing has involved 50+ city employers and almost 2,000 pupils at Derby schools in the few months it has been running. The widespread support from both the schools and the pupils themselves has resulted in them identifying the need for a wider range of support. We are therefore now expanding the range of activities to include mentoring, industry visits, careers workshops and talks.

Mentors typically provide one to one support around school work, ambitions or personal confidence to a young person in the school setting. Each mentoring session is approximately 1 hour and is repeated on a 2-4 week basis dependant on the mentor’s availability. We recommend a minimum of 6 sessions of initial commitment.

Business volunteers present to groups of young people in the school setting based on their own journey, experiences and knowledge of their industry/role/career. Careers Workshops and talks could be specific to one industry or several - they could help highlight pathways into work or provide inspiration and motivation through the power of telling your personal story.

Local employers open their doors to local students to help inspire the future workforce, provide a positive first-hand experience of the world of work, expand young people’s comfort zones in unfamiliar work settings and motivate students to achieve their full potential. Industry visits are arranged between school and employer at mutually convenient times.


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