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Young Chamber initiative preps pupils for job interviews

Young Chamber initiative preps pupils for job interviews

Over 100 Year 12 pupils from The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, took full advantage of the opportunity to practice and refine their interview techniques across a two day period. 

Delivered as part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber scheme, of which the School is a gold member, a dozen companies joined Chamber staff last week (4th and 5th May) in meeting with pupils and putting them through their paces in a series of mock interviews and giving them constructive feedback afterwards. 

The pupils also received detailed feedback on their CVs, which they’d drafted a few weeks earlier. 

Young Chamber bridges the gap between education and business by working in partnership with all our members and organisations in Suffolk to bring your expertise to young people, ultimately preparing them for the world of work. 

According to Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, who runs the Young Chamber scheme in Suffolk “it was a very purposeful couple of days with all the students working hard and learning the key techniques to help them shine at any future job interviews. 

“I’m sure that everyone who took part is now more confident about how to excel at such interviews in the real world.” 

The businesses that took part were Mediterranean Shipping Company, Birketts, AXA Insurance, Norse Group, Gotelees, Seetec, John Grose, Pure Executive, MLM Consulting, Marianne Muir, Larking Gowen and EDF Energy. 

According to Chris Graham, Head of Sixth Form and Careers at The Royal Hospital School “the students at the Royal Hospital School benefited massively from the mock interviews carried out by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. For many pupils this was the first time they had received a formal interview and the process of creating a CV and being interviewed will make them much more prepared when the process happens for real at some point in the near future.”  

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Article by Suffolk Chamber