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More than 20 civil servants from a variety of government departments spent the morning working with students as part of a Careers focus on Employability skills.

"The Year 11 students enjoyed the combined expertise of a group of civil servants representing many different departments from Work and Pensions, Passport Office, Home office, the MoD and the Prison Service to name a few," said the College's Careers co-ordinator Mrs Parker.

The Civil Service volunteers worked with tutor groups to look at Teamwork and First Impressions and Transferable Skills and Interview Questions.

"Students participated in many activities including learning the importance of a good handshake to trying to stand up whilst balancing a bottle on their head to demonstrate good team work!" said Mrs Parker.

 "It gave me a lot of ideas about how to present myself the best way in an interview, " said Year 11 student Tyler.

"We were told about the importance of body language and eye contact as well as developing our team building skills.

"It was enjoyable and gave us a good idea of what to aim for in life."

Alyson Jackson, who is from the Passport Office, said the students had "participated brilliantly".

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"They really engaged with the sessions and I hope we inspired them as well as giving them an idea of what life is like in the world of employment."

Her colleague Catherine Legg, from Devonport Job Centre, said: "Sessions like this put students ahead of the game and are good preparation for the working world as well as helping them identify skills they didn't realise they already have."

Mrs Parker said students were surprised to discover that many of the activities they do in and out of school can evidence soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and confidence.

"The students gained a real insight as to what employers are looking for in potential new employees as well as how to make that all important first impression," she said.

"Our thanks to go to Richard Hill for co-ordinating so many enthusiastic volunteers whom I am sure we will see more of in the future."

 

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Stoke Damerel News Archive: Academic Year 2015/16

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