Employability Month

Throughout June and July Rastrick High School has been focused on understanding the importance of employability skills across all year groups.

All students have been involved in projects and activities which have been designed to give students an idea of the skills, qualities and characteristics that employers are looking for; alongside the experience of meeting and working with prospective employers.

Calderdale's largest employer, Lloyds Banking Group, came into RHS for a 4 week long project where Year 8 students had to design their ultimate bank. The projects aims were to encourage teamwork, develop communication skills and promote an understanding of customer service and personal finance.

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The project was led by Lindsey Pollard from the Change Services Team who recruited 16 Lloyds Bank employees to lead several sessions focused on customer service and financial products, culminating in an end of project assembly where winners from each Form presented their ultimate bank. The presentations showcased a wide range of ideas and student skills with the eventual winner, CashLock, being consistently branded, with a well thought out product range and a carefully considered customer service strategy.

The winning team held their trophies aloft and were each the delighted recipients of a £15 voucher.

The Year 10 mock interviews were held in the beginning of July with 235 students meeting with Lloyds Bank staff in a chance for our Year 10 students to experience the pressure and nerves of a full formal interview in preparation for all important Sixth Form and/or employment interviews they will be having in Year 11 and beyond. The students had prepared for the interview through a tutorial programme and although a little nervous, all students turned up for their allocated slot on time and looked incredibly smart. Students were put through their paces by HR Managers, Project Managers, Business Consultants and Customer Service Supervisors.

After the event Lloyds Bank employees commented that the students showed a high level of confidence in the interviews, looked incredibly smart and above all were very employable.

 

Rastrick High School also held their first whole school Careers Fair last Friday with over 20 employers, Universities, Colleges and Training Providers including; Rastrick Sixth Form,  the Universities of Huddersfield and Newcastle, Calderdale College, KITS, The Royal Navy, ambassadors from the construction and engineering industries and Barclays Bank. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 were all prepared for the event by Joel Robinson and Katie Reynolds from C&K Careers.

 

Worksheets, case studies and questions were given to all students to help them access the fair as effectively as possible. Students said that the event was ‘well presented, enjoyable and very informative’ the professionals that attended commented that ‘the students are well prepared, confident and engaging’.

 

Mr Timmins, Associate Senior Leader, who ran the project said, “The partnership with Lloyds has been a tremendous success and the Year 8s threw themselves into the project and thoroughly enjoyed the contact with people from a local employer, whilst the Year 10 students, although nervous prior to the interview got a huge amount out of the experience with some high quality feedback from people who interview often in their roles.

 

The careers fair was a fantastic event to end our month focusing on Employability and it was encouraging to see so many of our students taking a serious interest in their futures. A big thank you goes to all our partner organisations for their support in making this a very successful few weeks at Rastrick High School.”

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