Jan 20 2010 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A LEADING asset management company have helped Caldervale High pupils prepare for work experience.
MITIE held a ‘World of Work’ day at the school to help S4 students, with 18 volunteers putting on workshops.
They taught over 140 pupils about the work environment and shared their experience, knowledge and advice.
Workshops for the 14 to 15-year-old students included an interactive session on workplace tips, interview preparation advice and one-to-one practice interviews.
Caldervale High is one of MITIE’s Construction Skills Centre schools.
At these centres, skilled tutors from Motherwell College provide construction training to third and fourth year pupils to teach them a valuable trade and help improve their employment prospects.
The great working relationship MITIE has built up with the school as a result of the Skills Centre means that they now support them with other events and activities.
Craig Boath, Director for MITIE’s Property Management team and volunteer at the event, said: “At MITIE we believe in giving something back to the local communities that we work in and the ‘World at Work’ day gave us a real opportunity to use our skills and knowledge to help support the bright young minds of the future.
“Feedback from the teachers and students that attended the event was overwhelmingly positive and many students commented that it was an informative and useful day that would help prepare them for their work placements.”
Karen Kubica, Headteacher at Caldervale High, added: “MITIE volunteers always go above and beyond the call of duty.
“The pupils find their passion infectious and they play an integral role in helping students prepare for the work environment.”