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Pupils to learn employability skills
12:31pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A SCHEME designed to equip youngsters with the skills required for the world of work has been launched at a Darlington School.
Devised and delivered by Darlington Cares member Esh Group, the employability scheme has been running for a number of years and is currently placed in over 30 schools throughout the region.
It was recently launched at Darlington School for Mathematics and Science (DSMS). Six sessions will be delivered to year ten pupils at DSMS throughout the academic year, focusing on employability skills ranging from creating CVs, through to health and safety and online profiles.
The sessions will be delivered by businesses, including Darlington Cares members.
Pupils will be required to complete checkpoints based on information sessions. Those who successfully complete their checkpoints will be invited to attend a mock interview at the end of the programme, offering them an insight into the skills required for the world of work.
The DSMS project is part of the construction firm’s commitment to support the communities in which they work.
The placement of the scheme follows a recent successful project with Darlington Cares at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts with saw improvements to the exterior and interior of the building.
Brian Manning, chief eecutive of Esh Group, said: “We are passionate about developing an excellent workforce. We try to spot talent early on and support good people through training.
“To do this we have to be able to recruit good young people and over the years we’ve realised that we can play a valuable role in supporting schools to bring business alive.
:: DSMS is holding an open day for parents and prospective pupils, at 6.30pm, on Thursday (September 19).
Year ten pupil Joe Tinkler will create a wall-mounted mural using 1,500 sticky labels for the event.
The school has had more than £3.5m spent on its regeneration in recent years.
Headteacher Calvin Kipling said: “We have an open door policy at the school and are always delighted to show people round. But the open evening is our chance to really show off and to get the message over to younger students that there is no better place to study than here.”
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