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Pupils from the Northumberland Church of England Academy are being taught key employability skills by a professional CV writer and interview coach

Posted by Julian Owen | June 08, 2018 | School life

The Northumberland Church of England Academy has partnered with a local professional CV writer and interview coach to launch an extra-curricular club aiming to give pupils the best start to their working lives.

Graeme Jordan began delivering the year-long project - the Young People’s Business Club - in September 2017. It is entirely funded by the Big Lottery through its Awards For All fund, for projects of importance to local communities. 

The scheme comprises a series of in-depth lunchtime sessions covering vital job skills and personal development: CV writing, job application forms, interview techniques, etc.

Graeme said: “I wish there had been a project like the Young People’s Business Club when I went to school. The project is undoubtedly going to improve pupils’ confidence and give them a valuable insight into what they can expect from the recruitment and selection process they are about to enter into. Then again, I wish I was as proactive as these students when I was their age."

“In the sessions so far, pupils have already learned so much," he continued. "We covered different topics depending on the year group and their specific objectives. We talked about the best ways of getting a work experience placement, applying for jobs speculatively, contacting employers, and networking both online and offline. Most importantly, they got to grips with what a professional CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile entails, and they wrote their own and got in-depth feedback individually. It’s really all practical stuff.”

Head of Sixth Form, Danielle Towers, added: “I believe this project will not only help our students to ensure their future is as bright as it can be, but also ultimately help Ashington and the wider Northumberland region fight youth unemployment, which at the moment is worryingly high.”

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