Two of our Benchmark team, Ellis Ridge and Connor Welch, were on hand to support The Cutlers Made in Sheffield Ambassador Programme this week, when they joined a session to help deliver interview advice to pupils on the programme.
The Cutlers Made in Sheffield Ambassador Programme is run by work-wise and delivers a high quality ambassador programme to students looking to pursue a career in engineering and manufacturing. This year 147 students were selected for the project and have come from the following Sheffield schools – Bradfield, Stocksbridge, Westfield, Outwood City, Handsworth Grange and Firth Par. They are recruited at the end of Year 8 as the programme takes place during Year 9 and 10 so as not to conflict with their GCSE priorities in Year 11.
The work-wise programme is an employer inspired charity for engineering, manufacturing and related sectors to support the development of young people – plus increase students employability levels to ensure that when they leave school they are fully tooled up to find work. As part of their commitment to the programme pupils are expected to represent their schools and share what they learn with others.
Held at the Cutlers Hall, our Benchmark volunteers supported the programme by offering constructive interview advice to participants on how to conduct themselves during the interview process in order to achieve the best outcome when presented with interview opportunities in the future.
“From body language, to how to communicate their skills to potential employees, we were able to share our experience of best practice to hopefully help with their future job prospects. We found it a really rewarding experience and were glad to be able to give pupils an insight into what employers are looking for at interview stage – hopefully setting them up for a great future,” said Benchmark IT & Creative Consultant, Ellis Ridge.
“One important aspect of the programme for year 10 students is gaining experience of applying for work, completing interviews and gaining work experience. Employers such as Benchmark are crucial in making these experiences as real and beneficial as possible and we know that the experiences really help build the confidence and abilities of the Ambassadors. This work could not be fulfilled without the enthusiasm and input of our work-wise supporters,” said John Barber, Co-Founder & Senior Associate at work-wise.
Other areas covered during the work-wise training include:
- Team Building Days
- Skills Master Days
- Employer Visits
- World of Work
- Work Experience
The work-wise foundation’s vision is to be recognised UK wide as an employer led model of excellence that helps to grow youth employment: addressing skill shortages that are a barrier to economic growth.
For further information on the project click here