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Pupils visit Council for a taste of working life

Published Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Pupils from Lyng Hall and Barrs Hill schools visited the Council today to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the authority and pick up some skills for their future careers.

The visit is part of the ‘Career Ready’ programme of work with post-16 students to develop eight key career skills, including communication and networking, and was hosted as part of the National Apprenticeship Week (14 -18 March) activities.

During the day, the 29 pupils received a welcome to the Council and a tour of offices within the Council House and Broadgate Customer Service Centre. At each office, the pupils were greeted by a member of staff who explained the work within the team. 

All of the pupils received an overview of the internship programme that will be held this summer and information about Coventry City Council’s apprenticeship scheme. 

Scott Davies, a former Council apprentice, gave the pupils an insight into his experiences as an apprentice and now as a full-time member of staff. 

The pupils also attended a masterclass called ‘Success at interview’ delivered by Grace Haynes, Head of Strategic HR and Workforce Transformation.

Grace said: “It was great to be able to host a workshop for the group of post-16 students. They were all really keen to get involved and develop their interview skills.

“I’m really proud that as a Council we are able to offer opportunities such as these to local pupils to help them as they prepare to enter the world of work.”

The Career Ready programme covers four main areas of work:mentoring, workplace visits, masterclasses and an internship, which will take place across the summer holidays and give 148 hours of work experience. 

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