Business collaboration helps students ‘Build Their Skills’ for the future

Students in Yorkshire have received essential career guidance as businesses from the region came together to successfully hold a ‘Mock Interview Day’.

The annual event, held on 12th June at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield, followed on from the well-received North East version of the event. It saw over 200 students from 10 local schools participate in a mock interview as business guests volunteered their time to put students through their paces.

It was the culmination of the ninth instalment of the Building My Skills initiative, a year-long employability skills, information and guidance programme which provides students with a rounded introduction to the world of work through five timetabled sessions, each delivered by a different business guest.

The free programme boasted a range of regional and national brands in attendance, including Arnold Laver, Harrison Spinks, B&B Press, Office Friendly and Endeavour Law.

David Labuschagne, Assistant Marketing Manager of 2013 Queen’s Award Winners, Harrison Spinks, praised the event. He said: “As a local employer it’s great to be involved with a project that encourages young people into employment and aids them with real life experience and skills. We are proud to be a part of this initiative and we hope to inspire the next generation into the manufacturing industry.”

Andy Radcliffe, Esh Group’s Chief Executive, added: “This event was very well attended by students from the region and it was great to see how engaging the young people were throughout the process. It will have been a huge help to them as they prepare for future interview situations and may have even enabled them to make connections with employers for future placements and apprenticeships.

“Participation, collaboration and innovation is something we encourage both socially and commercially. Our Building My Skills scheme, the Group’s longest running programme, embodies all three and it is something Esh and all our business partners are extremely proud of.”

A student from Huntcliff School, said: “I have really enjoyed the Building My Skills programme, it has given me an insight into different careers and roles I never knew existed. I now feel more confident in going into the world of work after school.”

Esh Group and the three founding business partners Ryder, Arup and Turner & Townsend are now planning the 10th instalment of the multi award-winning programme which will launch in September 2019, engaging an estimated 14,000 students from 70 schools – their largest cohort to date.

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