Pupils pick up employment tips as business goes back to school

08 July 2015

The 16-17 year-olds at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Llanelwy, heard from Pete Thompson, Manager of The Co-operative Food in Abergele Road, Old Colwyn, along with representatives from grocery suppliers and food producers as part of IGD’s Schools Programme which forms part of its wider Feeding Britain’s Future campaign.

Students were given hits and tips on CV preparation, identifying transferable skills and, selling themselves to a potential employee. While other workshops focussed on networking skills and, discovering the hidden jobs market.

Mari Tomos, 6th Form Learning Mentor at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, said:

“We are always looking for ways to enrich the curriculum and prepare our pupils for life beyond the classroom. This was a great day, the students got a lot out of it, and we would like to thank the businesses for their help and support.”

Pete Thompson, Manager of The Co-operative Food in Abergele Road, Old Colwyn, said:

“I was delighted to take part, it was enjoyable and rewarding and it was good to be able to share my experiences with young people in our communities who are at an important stage in their education and, who are about to consider their career or further education options.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said:

“We’ve launched a nationwide Schools Programme, following a successful pilot last year, to help young people make the most informed choices when they start to think about their careers. It’s a great opportunity to hear directly and put questions to people working in the industry who can talk about the wide variety of roles available in our sector, from advertising to marketing, to HR or finance. They’ll also highlight that students’ experiences both inside and outside the classroom, rather than their background or educational levels, are the key to helping them on their journey into working life.” 

“The feedback to date has been excellent: nine out of 10 of the students who’ve taken part so far have told us that the workshops helped them realise how their skills and subject choices can be applied to the world of work.”

IGD is a research and training charity that helps the food and consumer goods industry deliver the needs of the public. For more information, visit www.igd.com/feedingbritainsfuture

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