Council employees, businesses, and partners came together to prepare young people for the world of work.
At the mock interview event, around 150 students from Holy Trinity Secondary School met with local volunteers. Students had the chance to practice an interview and develop their communication skills. As well as trying out their responses to common interview questions. This preparation ensures they are better equipped to handle real-world interviews with confidence.
Among the group, Katie and Rowan from the council’s Employment and Skills service dedicated their morning to making a difference.
Reflecting on the session, Katie, a Barnsley Council employee, said. “This experience was great for my personal and professional development. It gave me leadership and management experience for my apprenticeship. It was wonderful to hear from and support Barnsley’s future employees. The students were well-prepared and eager to make a good impression, it was a feel-good morning.”
Dan Thomlinson, Holy Trinity Careers Leader, said. “The mock interviews couldn't have gone better. The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. It was great to see them build their confidence and have feedback to take away and work on. Thank you to all the volunteers.”
Councillor Robert Frost, Cabinet spokesperson for Core Services at Barnsley Council, said. “I'm delighted to hear how volunteers were able to provide an invaluable experience for students. Developing their confidence and employability skills. It's a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a strong community partnership.”
If your organisation would like to get involved and shape our future workforce, find out more at barnsley.gov.uk/BEA