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Inspiring Minds: Jobshop UK Holds Workshop for Poole School Leavers

Inspiring Minds: Jobshop UK Holds Workshop for Poole School Leavers


When Jobshop UK Directors, Tracey Wood and Frances Miles were invited to take a workshop for twenty-two bright and enthusiastic girls on the cusp of their GCSE’s from St Aldhelm’s Academy, Poole, they jumped at the opportunity to impart some of their experience and wisdom on the Year 11 students.

“Entering the job market is a daunting prospect for school leavers, especially so in the current economic climate, and so when Tracey and I were invited to come and chat to the girls, we were eager to give them the best advice so as they would feel more confident and self-assured in the decisions they go on to make,” explained Frances Miles, who has over twenty-one years of experience in the recruitment industry.

“Among the topics we discussed were first jobs, how to write your C.V and how to present yourself at an interview.  Tracey and I think it vitally important to give young people help and advice on all aspects of job hunting, as these are areas where so many leave school having had no guidance at all.”

Dagmar James, Learning Resource Centre Manager at St Aldhelm’s, felt Jobshop’s involvement with The Academy has been highly encouraging to the students, some of whom will find themselves with the daunting prospect of looking for their first job this year.

“We were glad that Jobshop were able to work with our young people and help them focus their thoughts on achieving the best results they can this year, and to be well equipped for their post 16 choices and future lives,” enthused Dagmar.

“Frances and Tracey engaged instantly with the year 11 girls and we appreciate the support that they have offered to the students and know it will benefit those who have taken part in these workshops.  The Academy are always keen to work with enthusiastic, motivated and aspirational people, it proves to be of great benefit to the young people who attend the Academy.”

Feedback has been so positive that Tracey and Frances have already taken a second workshop and are planning to work with The Academy in the future. 

Francesexplained “We decided to run a competition with the girls to give them experience at writing their own personal profiles, with the top three winning a prize. The standard of entries was really encouraging and we look forward to working with St Aldhelm’s Academy again,” she concluded.


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