Staff from 18 organisations around the North East, including Muckle LLP, recently helped to nurture the employability of young people across the North East as part of the ESH Group’s Building My Skills programme.
Drawing upon the experience and expertise of organisations such as the Newcastle United Foundation, the NHS, Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light, Barclays Bank and Northumbrian Water, the programme centred around getting students engaged with potential employers and arming them with real and relevant skills to take into tomorrow’s job market.
Fun, interactive sessions
Administered by Durham construction firm ESH Group, the programme’s goal was to develop the skills which Year 10 and Year 11 pupils will require to gain employment after finishing their studies. This was achieved by providing fun, interactive sessions covering the key subject areas sought out by different industry sectors to cultivate the essential attributes requested by employers.
Haughton Academy’s entire Year 10 signed up to the scheme and have benefited from sessions provided by ESH Group, Hotel Indigo, NatWest, the Foundation as well as Muckle LLP.
Assistant headteacher at Haughton Academy, Paul Bartle, commented: “We recognise the importance of providing our young people with clear insights into the world of work and in developing the personal attributes needed by employers to sit alongside their qualifications and believe this programme will assist greatly towards this goal”.
Each pupil involved in the programme was encouraged, under the guidance of their business mentor, to complete their own personal file charting their progress through a series of critical checkpoints. Not only would this develop their readiness for work but the students who performed the best had the chance of securing a realistic job interview opportunities.
A better understanding
Anthony Coultas, a Trainee Solicitor at Muckle LLP who presented at various schools during the programme, said: “The programme was a fantastic opportunity to speak to a great number of students about the legal profession and about careers in general. The feedback I received was encouraging, with students asking lots of sensible questions in order to gain a better understanding of what they can do in order to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. I purposefully made it so that no topic was off-limits, which resulted in good natured interaction. I hope that the advice and guidance provided will help the students advance with their chosen future careers.”
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