Wednesday 2nd March saw B&M Care attend an Employability Skills event at Hemel Hempstead School to support one hundred and eighty Year 10 pupils with their CV writing and interview techniques.
Organised and run by Connect Dacorum – an organisation that partners local businesses, public and voluntary sectors to provide information and expertise on community support and involvement – B&M Care was one of twelve chosen facilitators to develop pupils’ core skills and competencies to find, gain and be successful in their chosen career path.
Divided into groups of eight, pupils were assigned a facilitator to carry out both parts of the morning’s event. The first half saw pupils interview their facilitators before moving onto looking at CV and cover letter writing; whilst the second part focused on mock interviews, including a “speed interviewing” game that saw pupils think quick on their feet to provide answers to quick fire questions.
At the end of the event, pupils were asked to complete a feedback sheet with most of them saying that the event was really helpful. One pupil wrote: “When I go for an interview, I need to be confident, even if I don’t feel it…and on your CV, you need to show yourself off.” Another said: “I will apply what I have learnt by potentially trying to get a Saturday job and work over the summer.”
Cindy Withey, Manager of Connect Dacorum, praised both pupils and facilitators for the event: “Hemel Hempstead School will be very proud of their Year 10’s who were engaged in the session. It’s a pleasure for Connect Dacorum to organise these events as it benefits the pupils but is also very rewarding for our facilitators to help shape the future workforce.”
Each of the facilitators represented varying businesses in both public and private sectors. B&M Care’s Director of Organisational Culture Colleen Wood and Head of HR Emma Norris attended alongside representatives from such organisations as Dacorum Borough Council, Metro Bank, NHS, and Rennie Grove Hospice.