Engineering and Manufacturing Ambassadors Put Skills to the Test at Employer Interviews
Y10 Engineering and Manufacturing Ambassadors recently took part in 1:1 interviews with local employers from the sector at the prestigious Cutlers’ Hall. The interviews saw Ambassadors put their communication and presentation skills to the test in order to secure their Better Learners, Better Workers work experience placements.
Over 10 employers from the region took part over the three days, interviewing Ambassadors from Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, Outwood Academy City, Westfield School, Park Academy, Wingfield School and Mexborough Academy.
Jack, 14, of Yewlands Academy said: “It’s really helped me understand what a real-life interview and job is going to be like. Throughout the programme I’ve been developing my ability to be able to talk to people as well as my digital skills, designing things, problem solving and communication which will all help me in the workplace.”
Hannah, 14, of Stocksbridge High School added: “Taking part in this interview has helped me to get my confidence up and I feel a lot better prepared for a real interview when I leave school and go for a job or an apprenticeship.”
Jennifer, 14, of Yewlands Academy added: “I think it’s important for us to have interviews with employers because it gives them an idea of who you are as a person and what skills you can bring to the job. I’d recommend this kind of activity to others as it helps you build upon your skills and helps develop your imagination and creativity as well as practical and workplace skills.”
The Better Learners, Better Workers programme helps young people develop the necessary skills needed in the world of work. These skills prepare young people for future education and employment and aim to fill the skills shortages that are occurring across sectors.
Ambassadors are taking part in this type of activity in six different sectors: Arts & Culture, Construction, Digital Technology, Emergency Services, Engineering and Manufacturing and NHS/Healthcare.
Interviews preparation and practice are just one element of the overall programme, which has a heavy input from employers to help young people develop the skills they need to succeed.