It was back to school for CVU this July, as 2 of our Apprentices were invited to Samuel Rhodes Secondary School, to deliver a careers presentation for the students. Samuel Rhodes – a Special Needs School located in the borough of Islington – provides an outstanding education for over one hundred pupils aged between 11 and 16, who have moderate learning difficulties.
CVU Apprentices, Gidel Essien, Business Administration Apprentice, and Charlie Morris, Highways Operative Apprentice, led the presentation which focused on the wide ranging opportunities, roles and careers available for young people within the construction industry. Gidel and Charlie also spoke to the students about their individual roles within CVU and the industry as a whole, as well as discussing the benefits they have experienced from participating in the apprentice programme offered by CVU. Gidel and Charlie really engaged with the young people and held an extensive Q&A session with the students who had lots of interesting questions for them.
‘‘I was very happy to share my experiences with the students and I enjoyed talking to them about the skills I have learnt whilst working at CVU on the apprenticeship programme. The Pupils seemed very interested in construction and what the industry has to offer – it would be great to see some of these students on work experience here at CVU.’’ Gidel Essien.
After our apprentices delivered their presentation, it was over to Heather Isidore – Training and Equalities Manager, who then led a mock interview session with the students. This session was designed to give the students a real taste of what it would be like to meet with potential employers and undergo a formal interview. All of the students really enjoyed this part of the day and all were eager to have a practice interview.
Overall the day was a huge a success, made more rewarding by the fact that the students were so happy to participate in the sessions – CVU look forward to working with these inspirational students again soon.