One hundred and fifty year 8 pupils from Lawnswood School, Leeds have boosted their employability skills and confidence with the help of 30 volunteers from Leeds businesses.
Volunteers from Brewster Bye, GSS Architecture, Innergy LPG, JN Bentley, Mitie, 02, The Test People and Ward Hadaway introduced the youngsters to the world of work as part of Business in the Community’s, Business Class programme.
The volunteers gave pupils an insight into the skills employers are seeking along with basic knowledge of the current job market.
The session also focused on the importance of developing communication and listening skills – giving pupils the opportunity to talk to professionals from wide-ranging industries.
Following a report published by the National Careers Council which revealed a lack of careers advice within schools, the event reinforced how employees can volunteer their time, offering first hand advice from personal experience.
Jackie Alford, Careers & Vocational Learning co-ordinator at Lawnswood School, said: “Feedback from the students is overwhelmingly positive – they enjoyed the session and learned a wealth of new things about the skills employers want and about jobs in Leeds.
“All students rated themselves one or two grades more knowledgeable than they were at the start of the event.
“The overriding message from the majority of students was that they felt more confident in talking to businesses.”
With statistics revealing that only half of young people aged between 14-24 receive any formal career advice, business led programmes such as Business Class enable young people to benefit from interactive and informative insights.
Year 8 pupil, Lawnswood School, said: “I’m now more confident in communicating and I know that I have to work hard in lessons. I learnt a lot of information and it has opened my eyes to other jobs and career opportunities.”
For more information about the Business Class programme please visit http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/business-class, or for information about the Business class programme in West Yorkshire, please contact Julie Cullen Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 205 8200.