We’ve continued our support of Esh Group’s ‘Building My Skills’ programme this month, by getting involved in mock interviews. This concluded the final stage of the programme. Taking place at Leeds Beckett University, Headingly Campus, the aim of the event was to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to gain interview experience. It also enable us to shout about apprenticeships and what the construction industry has to offer.
The interviews focused on employability skills, and ourselves along with other business participating, were able to provide feedback directly to the students involved. Esh Group manage this yearlong employability skills programme, providing students with a rounded introduction to the world of work through regular, timetabled business engagement sessions as part of the curriculum.
By way of background, now in its 5th academic year, Building My Skills is delivered free to all schools. It has received national recognition, including winning Business in the Community’s National Big Tick for Education Partnerships and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Inspiring Education Award.
Esh Group partner with schools for an academic year, with an entire year group receiving 5 x 1-hour long employability guidance sessions, each delivered by a different business guest who provides insight into their career path, their sector and employability skills they value. Guest speakers also provide support with the completion of a ‘checkpoint’ – a piece of the student’s employability portfolio. Students who complete their employability portfolio and attend all sessions are offered a place at our regional mock interview day.
This academic year, they were proud to work with over 130 businesses from 25 sectors to deliver Building My Skills in 80 schools across their operational regions.