Students at JBVI impressed potential employers from the region’s leading businesses when their interview skills were put to the test in a practice session.
Organised by John Riddell and Michelle Brannen from Business in the Community, a total 17 representatives from a wide-range of organisations took part.
Mr Fox, the Academy’s careers and employability manager, said: “A number of employers spoke to me personally about how confident, well-presented and articulate our students were.
“One said the performances she witnessed were better than people she had interviewed for actual jobs in her company and another remarked on how well students could adapt between formal and informal conversation.
“The chance to be interviewed by employers is a valuable experience in preparing our young people for the world of work and we would like to thank all involved.
“Students said that the three interviews gave them an opportunity to improve as they went along and that they felt proud of their final performance.”
Jackie Gardner, corporate relations director at Faulknerbrowns architects:
“It was a privilege to have been involved in the recent mock interview sessions with the Sixth Form pupils at NCEA.
“Having undertaken initiatives like this at other schools, it was truly rewarding to experience first-hand the calibre of your students. All of those whom I interviewed were bright, informed and hugely positive about their futures which gave me great confidence in the support and advice which your pupils are receiving.
“I look forward to being invited to participate again.”