EBP Walsall are running career, advice and guidance workshops for year 12 students from Ormiston Shelfeld Academy. The day will consist of four rotating workshops where each student will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about options they have available after they complete their education at Shelfield Academy. These workshops will be developed around entrepreneurism, apprenticeships and higher education.
For one of the workshops that the students will attend is a practice interview which will develop the student’s self-confidence and prepare them for that all important first interview as well as meeting and speaking with professionals and volunteers from the business world.
We are currently looking for business supporters who are able to interview the students giving them constructive advice and guidance once the interview has finished. Interviews slots will last 30 minutes in total, this time allocation is split to allow approximately 20/25 minutes for the interview itself and 5/10 minutes for direct feedback time, both verbal and written with the students you will have interviewed. All written feedback is collated back at the EBP offices and forwarded to the school to be used at a later date, helping students identify areas of either improvement or excellence to be worked on.
For the last session of the day we will be holding a celebration / awards ceremony where we will be identifying the outcomes of the interviews and things learnt from the workshops.
Lunch and refreshments across the day will be provided for you and also provide an ideal time to network with other businesses that are taking part in the days program and a good way to find out why they are involved and what else they are involved with.
Benefits of Practice Interviews?
•Be better prepared for the real thing through interview questions, some of whom may have never had an interview before.
•Develop awareness of their own skills through talking about what they have done in and out of school and realising that they do have many transferable skills.
•Gain invaluable practice by talking with real employers, somebody who is not a teacher and a rarity for students to talk to.
•Receive written and verbal feedback on their performance for use in the future when they are preparing for their first real interview.
What support is offered to volunteers and business supporters?
•Full event details are sent out before the programme, this includes directions to the event and timings for the day.
•A briefing is delivered to everyone taking part in the event, where you will be told about the school, students and the process of the day in more detail.
•We will supply you with all resources required for you to carry out the best possible interview that you can for each and every student.
•EBP staff are always on hand to answer questions before the day, during the day and after.
•We recruit, train and monitor interviewers from the business community on a regular basis to ensure the students are getting the best possible experience on the day.
•Many companies release staff to attend these days to in order to give them exposure to interviewing in a safe and friendly environment, perhaps as part of their own development.