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Newcastle United Foundation Support Building My Skills Session At St James’ Park

Over 400 students visited St James Park last week to be interviewed by Newcastle United Foundation along with over 25 other local businesses based throughout the North East

Esh Added Value, the corporate responsibility scheme of one of the country’s leading construction companies, Esh Group, devised a mass mock interview scenario for students to experience real life set ups to prepare them for their futures.

The mock interviews are the culmination of Esh Group’s ‘Building My Skills’ programme in the North East, which has been delivered across all local authority areas.

Building My Skills is free to schools, businesses and local authorities to provide years nine, 10 and 11 a rounded introduction to the world of work through regular engagement with the business world.

The students each earned their opportunity to be interviewed by completing the Building My Skills programme, which has been delivered throughout the academic year as part of their curriculum.

Enterprise coordinator, Kate Warner joined schools manager, Andy Foster in a ‘really-real’ mock interview scenario, whereby they helped prepare students by asking probing questions and business related questions to give them a taste of what to expect when they are leaving school.

Andy commented:

“It was great to be a part of the Esh Building My Skills day.”

“It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience real life interview scenarios, to help them prepare for the future.

In the current academic year, Building My Skills has delivered over 40,000 learner engagement hours to over 6,900 students in 49 schools.

Darush Dodds, of Esh Group, said: “Every student who has the opportunity of a ‘really-real’ interview has worked very hard to earn their place.

“They’ve shown complete commitment to the programme through 100 per cent completion of their portfolio, full attendance and excellent attitude. These are the qualities which employers want and that is why Building My Skills is proving so valuable as teachers prepare young people for the world of work.”

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