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Date posted: 15th July 2022
For a second year running, TPT and Priestley Smith School helped Year-13 students get job-search ready.
Pupils from the specialist school for children with a vision impairment took part in the joint project that simulated each stage in securing a job.
The employment team at TPT, together with Julia Weston, Head of 6th form and Suzy McDonald, Habilitation Specialist, at Priestley Smith School, created fake job roles. The students each produced a CV and personal statement which they sent to TPT before a set deadline. They then attended mock interviews.
Jeff Page, TPT’s Head of Employment, said: “It’s so important students learn about career options and how to apply for roles. This project gave them a taste of what is like. It was so brilliant to watch these young people grow in just the short time we worked with them.”
Comments from students included:
Rihana: “I was very nervous of the computer and doing the interview on Zoom – but after a few short minutes I had forgotten to be nervous and chatted with Jeff about the answers I had written down.”
Ammar: “I answered all the questions in the interview. I overcame a huge amount of nerves to do this. I liked dressing smartly and getting some nice comments from our staff about my shirt and tie. Working with the iPad went better than I expected. The experience was good overall.”
Frank: “I had done things like this before with year 11 but because this was with a real outside organization it felt really professional.”
Miah: “I was proud of myself for staying calm throughout the whole thing.”
Shaan: “It was good to be interviewed by people who also understood about eye conditions themselves.”
Julia added: “It was interesting to see the anticipation and nervousness before the interview melt into an excited ‘Gosh I did it’ enthusiasm as the day went on. The students all got a real buzz of excitement from the event, and it has become a real focus to understand what is expected of them in ‘the real world’.
“It’s such a valuable part of their preparation for adulthood – just learning to talk to others is key in developing their job ready skills.”
Following the interviews they received feedback on what went well or not so well.