Beaufort College have a longstanding link with Business in the Community (BITC) and Boliden (Tara Mines) with the function of offering the Skills @ Work Programme. This provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. A number of volunteer employees partner an entire class in either 5th or 6th year.
Over five sessions, students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the partnering company and its business and to consider career and further study options available to them when they finish school.
Sessions in the Skills @ Work programme involve site visits, mock interviews, Day in the Life insights, group discussion sessions with employees and CV writing skills.
For employees, this is an opportunity to enhance and develop their presentation and communication skills whilst adding diversity to the working day.
In many of the companies involved in this programme, it is the HR department who conduct the mock interviews and this can be an invaluable experience for young students who would never have experienced preparing for and performing in a professional business interview.
“I was giving up on school at one stage but after these talks I got the knowledge to keep going on and complete the rest of my school year.” Student quote from 2014 Skills @ Work Programme Evaluation report