28 June 2017

Pupils were put to the test as they faced tough interview questions from their potential future employers.

The Year 10 pupils from Norham High School and Churchill Community College went head to head with senior staff from local businesses, in mock interviews designed to prepare them for the challenges of job hunting.

The Interview Experience Day was organised by the North Tyneside Learning Trust as part of a series of ‘World of Work’ events that are geared towards preparing pupils for their future careers and equipping them with the skills employers need.

Almost 200 pupils took part in the day, which included workshops from local universities, the National Careers Service and almost 30 local employers including Capita, Sage, Sir Robert McAlpine, Northumbria Police, Kier, TyneMet College and many more.

David Baldwin, Executive Headteacher at both Norham High School and Churchill Community College, said: “It is absolutely essential that we prepare our pupils adequately for the realities and demands of working life. Interview and workplace skills are a crucial part of this. Our pupils need to have the skills employers need and the ability to approach interview situations with confidence if they want to secure great jobs.

“We know that our pupils gain a great deal from interactive events like these, where they can get involved in a practical way. I’d like to thank all of the local employers who’ve given up their time to prepare for and take part in the day. Their contribution is invaluable and will make a big difference to the future life chances of these children.”

Capita's North Tyneside Partnership Director Richard Carmichael said: "We were delighted to work with both schools again as part of the World of Work initiative.

 "Our staff get a great deal of satisfaction from helping the students to learn the skills they will need when seeking employment.

 "We also welcome the opportunity to promote not only the North Tyneside Partnership and wider Capita business as places to work, but the professions and industries we represent."

All photos from the event can be found in our gallery.