Over 200 Year 11 students receive sustained employability support, supported by construction professionals!

As part of our Schools Partnership programme we have supported over 200 Year 11 students at Morpeth School in a series of four employer-led online employability sessions this term.

The sessions have been taking place during registration on Friday mornings with students kicking off their day by building employability skills essential to the world of work. Through the sessions students have focussed on creating stand out CVS and developing their interview techniques.

“It was a pleasure and an honour to be part of this programme. The students demonstrated an excellent level of interest and engagement. I am very glad I had the opportunity to be involved in this and give my support to the young pupils. Thanks to this programme I am confident to say that the students have learned how to write a proper CV, the common errors to avoid adding to it and how to best present themselves for a face-to-face interview” – Salvatore Gangemi, volunteer from Mace

The sessions were supported remotely by two volunteers from Bouygues UK and Mace, who used their experience to give invaluable advice and guidance to students. Having this sort of sustained support over multiple sessions was a great opportunity for the students, as it gave our volunteers the opportunity to really delve into their experience and build up a holistic picture of their roles and the routes they took into their careers within the construction and built environment sector.

A great CV can often be the difference between securing an interview or not when applying for opportunities. Our CV masterclass helps students make the best possible first impression, coaching them through how to present their skills and abilities in a way that appeals to employers and best reflects their potential.

“I have been working with Construction Youth Trust in the Borough of Tower Hamlets mainly with Morpeth School (Bethnal Green). This was as guest industry volunteer on a series of talks in October and November via Zoom, working on: Writing a CV, Interview techniques and tips, and now with Swanlea School – Tower Hamlets in December talking about Apprenticeships and how they work. Carol Lynch and her team at Construction Youth Trust are always professional and on point with topics and they are a real pleasure to work with, I look forward to continuing to work together into 2021” – Paula Arkell-Waller, volunteer from Bouygues UK

In the Interview Skills sessions, students tackled the next phase of an application, impressing face-to-face! Whether this be in person or online, our industry volunteers used their experience to give some top tips about what you can do to prepare for an interview, and how to excel during one.

We at the Trust are thrilled that our newly adapted online form of delivery means we are able to engage with an entire year group of students at once. The sessions were really well received by our young people, who are now armed with skills that will help them stand out in applications when they make the transition from school to the workplace!