Year 10 pupils from Darlington School of Mathematics and Science (DSMS) have heard from local businesses as part of a programme to introduce key employability skills.
The Esh Employability programme, delivered since September 2013 at the school by Esh Group aims to give young people a broad introduction to the skills they need for the world of work as well as exploring different business sectors and job roles.
Delivery of the programme is being supported by Darlington Cares who arranged for representatives from members Harvey & Hugo and Sherwoods to speak to the pupils.
Charlotte Nichols managing director of Harvey & Hugo, a North East PR and marketing agency, gave an overview of the sector and explained to pupils how she had set up the business a few years ago based on a demand she recognised for new services. Pupils heard about the different areas of the sector and took part in a written exercise designed to test their attention to detail skills.
As part of the programme pupils’ complete six work-based checkpoints and after successfully completing all six they have the opportunity of a mock interview. To assist pupils with a health and safety based checkpoint, Mike Farrell, H&S advisor for Sherwoods delivered an overview, complete with photos of some humorous H&S blunders.
Calvin Kipling, Headteacher at Darlington School of Maths & Science said: “It is important pupils engage with local businesses so that they can understand the range of employment opportunities that are available. It is also important that they learn about the skills that employers are seeking in young people as they start their careers, these skills are just as crucial as good exam results in preparing pupils for the world of work”.