New project helps Kinlochleven pupils hone job interview skills
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.