New project helps Kin­lochleven pupils hone job in­ter­view skills

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

PUPILS at Kin­lochleven High School took part in mock job in­ter­views to help pre­pare them for the world of work.

Fifth and sixth year stu­dents also had their CVs re­viewed as part of a new De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force West High­land (DYWWH) strat­egy.

Con­duct­ing the in­ter­views were John MacLen­nan, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre in Fort Wil­liam, Dou­glas Or­mis­ton, DYWWH Pro­gramme Man­ager, and Erin McHale, DYWWH Pro­gramme Co- or­di­na­tor, who also checked the con­tent, pre­sen­ta­tion, spell­ing and gram­mar in pupils’ CVs.

Com­ment­ing on the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral mock ca­reers in­ter­views, Re­becca Machin, head teacher at Kin­lochleven High School, said: ‘The mock in­ter­views have been very use­ful for us as guid­ance teach­ers, but also for the young­sters. They have en­joyed the process and have given pos­i­tive feed­back. For some­one else, other than us, to see their CVs and give them this kind of ex­pe­ri­ence is in­valu­able.’

Mr MacLen­nan, added: ‘It has to be prob­a­bly one of the most re­ward­ing af­ter­noons I can re­mem­ber. The stu­dents were cer­tainly a credit to their school. They had such con­fi­dence and were ar­tic­u­late and po­lite.’

DYWWH launched re­cently as part of the wider Scot­tish Govern­ment Youth Em­ploy­ment strat­egy. The DYWWH re­gion in­cludes the fol­low­ing catch­ments ar­eas for high schools and col­leges across Skye, Plock­ton, Gair­loch, Ul­lapool, Fort Au­gus­tus, Mal­laig, Ard­na­mur­chan, Lochaber and Kin­lochleven.

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