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Civil service project preps students for the world of workExcited year 10 students at St Helens College 14-16 Academy have been participating in a six-week Civil Service Project, to help them prepare for the world of work.

Civil Service Local Northwest, encourages civil servants to work in partnership with local schools at different stages in their education to enable students to raise their aspirations and develop their skills, in addition to promoting employment opportunities.

The project enhances students’ communication and presentation skills, confidence and self-esteem by providing CV tips and guidance, interview preparation techniques, and support with job searching via the GOV.UK website.

Katie Ratcliffe, Relationship Manager at Department for Working Pensions at St Helens Job Centre Plus, said, “It was fantastic to see the students get really involved with the workshops, and fully engage with the staff. By guiding them through the GOV.UK website, and showing them how to search and apply for job vacancies and apprenticeships at this stage of their education, we are ultimately prepping them for the world of work.

Eleanor Turner, St Helens College 14-16 Academy year 10 student, currently studying the Health Services pathway, said, “I am hoping to join the police force in the future and found that the workshops each week really helped me to understand how to apply for jobs on the GOV.UK website within this field of work that are close to home.”

In addition to taking part in the workshops, students also had the opportunity to gain valuable insight from guest speakers each week, hearing first-hand how they entered their chosen profession and the industry as a whole.

In the fifth week of the project, year 10 students welcomed social entrepreneur, Luca Sanvittore to the classroom for an inspiring talk on the world of business, how he built an award-winning social enterprise called Fritto Food, and the social and ethical aspects behind it.

Catherine Potter-Britch, Business Studies Teacher at St Helens College 14-16 Academy, said “The students were working on a social enterprise module, so this was a fantastic opportunity for them to gain valuable insight from someone with such extensive experience and knowledge of the business sector.”

The St Helens College 14-16 Academy offers a unique curriculum of GCSEs, industry sector pathways and valuable work experience. Young people aged 14, have the opportunity to join us full-time, for years 10 and 11, benefitting from smaller class sizes, teachers with years of industry experience, a FREE breakfast each day and a FREE first term bus pass.

St Helens College 14-16 Academy is now accepting applications for September 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/1416academy or call 01744 623105.