Supporting schools with careers advice

Wave's Director of HR, Jane Austin, and Health, Safety and Quality Manager, Carly Richardson, joined charity, M10, for a day at a North Tyneside high school providing students with careers help.

The year 10 students at Marden High School received a package of careers sessions, covering topics on body language, how to do internet searches for a job, CV writing and an interactive workshop on interview tips.

Jane at Marden School
Jane Austin, Director of HR, Wave

Wave worked with five groups of students, totalling over 150 pupils, and gave advice on how to build up evidence that would be needed for an interview for a work experience placement, a weekend job and full-time employment.

There was a role play demonstrating good and bad responses to interview questions and the students gave feedback on each response and how it could be improved. They were extremely motivated and engaged and were left with the knowledge they needed ready to apply for work placements.

This careers day was just one of many activities we're providing for Marden High School and other education establishments across the North East, and forms part of our social and sustainability promise.

Fiona Brennan, Careers Lead at Marden High School, said: “It was great to be working alongside our Enterprise Advisor, Jane, again. A key strand of our careers programme is working alongside businesses and employers. At Marden we view this as an essential part of school life, to ensure that our students leave us with the skills required to enter the world of work. It was great to see the students engaging with professionals, participating in group activities, developing key skills and building their confidence.”

Karen Robson, Deputy Headteacher at Marden High School, commented: “The students had a brilliant day working alongside talented professionals from industry. Events like this are so important to the culture of our school and enabling students to see links to what they’re doing now and to the wider world of work. Jane and Carly’s session was a real hit with the students.”

Following on from the success of the day at Marden High School, our HR team carried out further successful interview workshops in two more schools, George Stephenson High School and Longbenton High School, each with around 150 year 10 students.