Students get a taster of the world of work at assessment day

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Business volunteers put high school students through their paces at a mock recruitment assessment day.

Thirty three students from Framingham Earl High School, Wymondham College, Fakenham Academy and Archbishop Sancroft High School spent the day at Jarrold Training in Norwich on Wednesday 10 January for the South Norfolk Assessment Centre Competition.

They gave presentations, took part in team work challenges and faced one-to-one interviews – all under the gaze of volunteer assessors from the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network.

The day was organised by Jarrold Training with South Norfolk District Council and supported by the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network.

South Norfolk Council chairman Barry Duffin, who presented prizes and certificates to students, highlighted the importance of the event. He said: “We want to ensure that young people leave school with the right skills and experiences. We want them to have confidence and the ability to sell themselves to be able to reach their potential.”

Elliot Symonds, Business Development and Management Trainer at Jarrold Training, said: “It’s an intense day but it has the potential to make a real difference. It replicates what a real assessment day would involve and it’s a great way for the students to learn more about the realities of applying for and getting a job.”

The volunteer assessors were from Arnolds Keys, Reef Recruitment, Edmundson Electrical, Brancaster House, Osiris, Beechmont and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network matches senior business leaders with secondary schools and colleges to increase student encounters with the world of work and support the development of schools and college’s employer engagement plans.

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