• SGN Press release


    Volunteers help prepare Year 10 pupils for the world of work


    27 November 2017


    Project Manager Tim Drake (right) interviews an Applemore College student

    A team from our Castle Malwood office gave up their time to conduct mock interviews with students from a local secondary school.

    Year 10 students from Applemore College, situated in the village of Dibden Purlieu on the edge of the New Forest, are preparing for two weeks’ work experience next summer. As part of the school’s careers programme in which the pupils are looking at their options and learning how to write CVs, the students took part in mock interviews conducted by five volunteers from our company.

    Our team offered their help to the school as part of our Community Action Programme (CAP) in which all our employees are given a day off work on company time every year to help make a difference in their local community.

    Project Manager Tim Drake, who is also a school governor at Applemore College, said: “By interacting and talking with a complete stranger under interview conditions, the students built their confidence and got supportive feedback on how to improve their interview skills.

    “I was personally really proud and inspired by the smartness and confidence of our students at their first interviews, and proud of my team’s professional support and hard work at the event.”

    The students had been briefed on how to conduct themselves at interviews and were keen to try out their new skills. Keiran, 15, was interviewed by Tim. He said: “I was really nervous before the meeting but the interviewer was brilliant and helped me feel more relaxed. They were really interested in what I had to say and the feedback they gave me afterwards was encouraging and helpful. My next interview will be for sixth form college so I’m already feeling more confident that I can give a good account of myself.”

    Project Officer Jennifer Lee found it “particularly rewarding” interviewing the Applemore College students. She said: “I met one of the engineers of the future and it was really heart-warming to see how enthusiastic she was about new breakthroughs in technology. I helped her with choosing the subjects she needed to achieve her goals.”

    Mechanical Engineer Cameron Hawkes was also part of the interviewing team. Cameron said: “For me the stand-out pupil was a girl who aspired to join the Royal Navy as an engineer. She had clearly researched the role and knew what she wanted.

    “It was rewarding and heart-warming so see students from such a variety of backgrounds put so much effort into the exercise. I really hope they all achieve their aspirations and find a job they enjoy.”

    Carol Eskriett, Assistant Headteacher at the school, said the students found the experience “invaluable”. She added: “We’re very grateful to the members of the SGN team who gave up their time to work with our students and make it such a rewarding experience for them.”