Cadbury College students work with local businesses

This month, forty students from Cadbury College improved their chances of succeeding at interview by taking part in an employability programme called Employer Ready, delivered by social enterprise education specialists Working Knowledge.

The students took part in a Finding Hidden Jobs workshop; enabling them to access the hidden jobs that make up a large percentage of the jobs market. They then attended an Interview Skills workshop before having a one to one interview with a local employer engaged by Working Knowledge. Following the interview, each student received high quality, personal advice and guidance from the employer and a video of their interview to reflect back on.

Working Knowledge is passionate about creating chances for young people to open doors into employment and changing employers’ perceptions of the value of young people in industry.

Charlotte Harrison, Specialist Recruiter at Serco, was one of the interviewers who supported the programme, said: “After taking part in today's activity, I am more likely to employ a young person for a future role within my company. All students demonstrated great communication skills and passion for their given subjects.”

Every year Working Knowledge ensures thousands of students get an opportunity to learn from and build contacts with hundreds of local employers. 99% of employers who have supported Working Knowledge activities agree the activities prepare young people for the workplace and develop students’ employability skills.

Steve Randall, Director of Finance Recruitment at Harvey Nash, volunteered his time to support the Cadbury College students: “It was great to see so many young people who were articulate, enthusiastic and considered. It has certainly given me a lot of confidence to consider A Level students for internships and work experience.”

Melissa Richards, 18, studying Media Studies, Performing Arts, Health and Social Care at Cadbury College, commented: “I’ve learnt that passion is key to being successful. It has really helped me understand what my strengths and weaknesses are so I can improve and feel more confident at my next interview.”

Alison Dean, Employability Co-ordinator at Cadbury College, commented: “The project has really encouraged students to develop practical employability skills such as communication, presentation, teamwork and business knowledge. These skills are invaluable and will serve individuals well as they move on from college to start their careers in employment or at university.”

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