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March 18, 2019

Mock interviews prepare pupils for work

PUPILS got first hand experience of an interview with an employer to prepare them for the world of work.

At Fearns the pupils checked in at a reception desk, waited in a separate room on leather sofas before being called into the conference room to face questions from different businesses and training providers.

Careers Advisor at Fearns Mrs Grenaghan said: “We wanted to make it as realistic as possible so that the pupils are more prepared for when they have to face the real thing.”

Representatives from Refresco, Alternative Futures, Nelson and Colne College, Cherry Tree Lodge Residential Care Home, the Department of Work and Pensions, Burnley FB in the Community, the Armed Forces, Transport Training Academy and Tufties Hair and Beauty attended.

Lilly Ellison, 14, said: “I would like to be a beautician because it is a job where I will get to interact with people.

“I was interviewed by Tufties and I think it went all right.I was quite nervous but then I started to relax.

“I explained what GCSEs I was doing and I was given guidance on what I will need and I am doing the right subjects. I am hoping to get an apprenticeship.”

Also looking to work in the hair and beauty industry is Chelsea Wright, 15.

She said: “I was confident and they asked me lots of questions about what I wanted to do and I was given an apprentice application form so when I apply I know what they will be looking for.

“I have already arranged my work experience and I will be going to Taylor Taylor salon in Rawtenstall.”

Chelsea said she was hoping to get an apprenticeship or go to college.