Students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy have been grilled by leading local figures in education and business in a bid to prepare them for the world of work.
Representatives from the academy’s governing body, the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Damper Technology Ltd, charity DHLA and the management team past and present at the academy conducted mock job interviews with Year 12 students.
They were part of the an in-depth focus on improving students’ employability skills, which has also seen them complete two weeks’ work experience, prepare presentations and improve their CVs.
Kay Kearton, the academy’s Director of Sixth Form, said: “It was a very hard task and took them completely out of their comfort zone.
“It is the first time we have done something like this and we would definitely look to repeat it next year.
“We were pleased to see the students looking smart and taking the interviews seriously.
“They are part of an intensive six-week programme which aims to equip our students with transferrable skills which will be so important when they enter the job market.
“The interviews were the next step after completing their work experience and we are very grateful to local employers for supporting us by offering our students some excellent opportunities.”