Teamwork, self-sufficiency and a positive attitude to work were just three of many key skills that employers are looking for, as highlighted in a workshop by leading accountancy firm, KPMG. Our Year 10 students took part in a range of tasks on the ‘Work Ready and Employability Skills’ scheme.
Paul Britton, one of the three KPMG trainers, said: ‘We help students create fictional employees using mannequins. They construct them, dress them and give them a name as well as three hobbies that they are interested in. Throughout the workshop they add to the character, giving the mannequin attributes that they earned through a quiz. If they got eight out of ten questions right they can choose eight attributes. Then they will choose a career route for them, write a CV and prepare them for interview. We then give constructive feedback from an employers’ perspective, telling them what was good or how they could improve.
‘We list what the Confederation of British Industry noted about employability skills, including team-working, self management and attitude and a lot of the students show entrepreneurship as well. We list many professions and related jobs that they can choose from. It gives students an idea of how hobbies and interests can link to an eventual career path. Overall we were very impressed with the students. They need to understand what employers look for. They demonstrated a lot of maturity and a great use of language, particularly in the CVs, which were impressive.’