Barclays Life Skills Workshop is a hit with Y9s and 10s

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25/04/2014 by sleach860


Pupils from Years 9 and 10 benefitted from two days of workshops aimed to prepare them for their eventual transition from education to employment. The training was delivered by Bernie of Innovative Enterprise working with The Transformation Trust to deliver the Barclays LifeSkills programme. Barclays gave additional support by generously allowing nine members of staff to act as volunteers, providing practical information on how to get ahead in the world of work.

The year 9 workshops focused on people skills, giving the MCMA learners an insight into how to behave at work; the impact of good and bad behaviour, explaining the kind of behaviour an employer might expect and most importantly, how to make a good impression. A series of enjoyable and practical activities explained the rationale behind workplace behaviour and highlighted the importance of body language. The year 9s also looked at overcoming challenges; gaining an understanding that fear of the unknown is natural, looking at how to overcome these anxieties and the benefits of doing so.

The Year 10s investigated interview skills at very timely stage in their academy life as they head towards Year 11, mock interviews and college and apprenticeship applications. The interview skills activities flagged up key techniques to use in preparing for interviews highlighted the importance of research and again the importance of creating a good first impression.  Useful strategies were also demonstrated.

The student feedback was extremely positive; here is a sample of pupil comments:

“The event was very helpful to paint a clearer picture of what I would like to do”

“It was good”


“Really good”

“I thought it helped me with my future career and was great”

“I learned quite a bit for the future”

“It was funny…it was an event”

“It was good and helpful and fantastic”

”It was interesting but also a good, entertaining and educational”

“I thought the event was great”



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