Next week, Caldew School’s Year 11 students will move from a day behind their desks to learning about what business want from their employees.

All Year 11 students will take part in a “Work Ready” programme with business leaders from across the County on November 23. 

Cheryl Eastburn, Careers Lead at Caldew School said: “Local businesses recognise the need to support schools, with many businesses forging links with Caldew school to support us in developing a diverse workforce, giving students the guidance and employability skills, that businesses require for the ever-changing needs of today’s economy.”

The day will come as a reminder to all students that it is not just good exam results that employers are seek, of equal importance are the skills that young people need for life and work.

Caldew School have developed the work ready programme over a number of years and we are delighted this year that so many employers want to be involved, many of whom are former Caldew Students.

During the morning all Year students will take part in a rotation of workshops looking at application forms, CV Writing and interview skills as well as Labour Market Information and Mindfulness with the support of Carlisle College, The Newcastle United Foundation, Cumbria LEP, Carlisle Eden Mind and Hello Future.

During the afternoon every student will have a personal, one to one interview with an employer and be given feedback and guidance on their performance. They will also be taking part in teambuilding activities and receive information on career progression routes and pathways.

READ MORE: Cumbria Education Trust give students the chance to be the best they can be

Caldew School Headteacher Vicki Jackson added: “Our students have so much talent it is essential we give the guidance that allows them to make informed choices and the most appropriate route into future employment. Our Work Ready Day helps focus their minds on their post 16 choices.

"Whether that is studying in Sixth Form, T’ Levels, apprenticeships or BTEC Courses. Key to this is the fantastic support and time that businesses and training companies provide to us over the academic year.

"We would like to thank the 30 businesses that are joining us on the day – it will be a fantastic experience for our students.”