Twenty-eight volunteers from Advanced Manufacturing Engineering’s (AME) Programme Management team have helped more than 200 GCSE students to ‘Stand Out From The Crowd’.
The team conducted a number of mock interviews and led an application form sifting exercise during St. Peter’s Catholic School’s annual career’s day.
Dominic Smith, AME Programmes Team Leader, said: “It is rewarding to knowing that these students will be better prepared for the real world by being able to highlight their transferable skills to potential employers.
“The whole team were so enthused in meeting and working with the students and being able to give so much back to the community knowing just how much the school appreciated their efforts.”
Matt Horsfield, Leader of Careers at the Solihull school, said the workshops taught the students a great deal about the challenges of getting a job in the real world.
He added: “For most of our pupils this is their first interview experience. It was pleasing to see so many leave with a smile because the interviewer has made them feel at ease and given them some constructive feedback.”
The ‘Stand Out From The Crowd’ programme has been going for several years, with volunteers from AME helping more than 1,300 GCSE students from secondary schools in Coventry and Solihull.
Originally started by AME’s Dominic Smith, Judith Mannington, Jason Porter and Dave Bramley, the programme was designed to give young people an insight into recruitment, nurture their employability skills and improve their chances of securing a job.