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Longsands Academy: Skills Service Mock Interviews

In an age where ‘recruitment levy’s’ are a regulative requirement for employees, it is imperative that younger age-groups that are more likely to be fulfilling those apprenticeship positions, are suitably equipped with the appropriate skillsets to succeed in a longstanding career.

One organisation that is looking to ensure that this is the case, is ‘The Skills Service’ who specialise in providing a brokerage service to allow an effective and coordinated partnership between schools, education and training providers, and businesses.

A program which is delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and funded by the Greater Cambridge Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is proving critical in its contribution towards the thriving business community in and around the county of Cambridgeshire.

One of the core functions of the group is to unite potential candidates with prospective employers, by way of using innovative methods to enable interaction. One of which is ‘mock interviews’, and will be utilised at a dedicated event for students at Longsands Academy.

Part of the St Neots Learning Partnership Trust (SNLP), the group recognises its responsibility in ‘preparing students for life in the complex world we live, which is why their curriculum is reflective of the 21st Century learner, taking in to consideration future employment possibilities.’

The event will be hosted on the 29th November, and will provide year 10 students who haven’t previously been exposed to such situations, experience the pressures of a real-life interview, in a simulated environment.

And what better way to commence that journey, than to test your credentials in front of one of the largest employers, and growing businesses in the region, like Mick George Ltd. Employing more than 1000 people across its respective operations, the Company offers a whole host of vacancies in; office, transport, workshop, trade and driving functions.

Suzie Blackburn, Internal Recruiter at Mick George Ltd will be one member of a panel of twenty interviewees from a diverse background of organisations. Laura is actively seeking emerging talent that would be interested in taking up a position in one of the many roles available at Mick George Ltd.

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They said:

Mark Reeve, Chairman of the LEP, said: “One of our key areas of focus at the LEP is the delivery of skills that meet the needs of our business community. By funding ‘The Skills Service’ we are delivering on our commitment to strengthen the links between businesses, education, and training providers, by putting skills delivery at the heart of our work.”

Kate Cavanagh, Head of Human Resources at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Historically, we’ve attended similar events and recruitment exhibitions hosted by various parties, and have found them particularly useful.’’

Cavanagh continued: ‘’Credit should be given to ‘The Skills Service’ and other likeminded operations, as such processes are likely to prove beneficial to all of the youngsters involved, at a later stage of their life.’’


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