The programme was completed with Blackburn College students for 6 weeks, our volunteers provided students with a taste of life in the Civil Service and helped them prepare for the world of work.
Five civil servants from different government offices DWP/HMRC in Blackburn/Darwen delivered the 6 week programme to a group of 19 students from Blackburn College.
It was nice to see the young students develop and grow during the last 6 weeks. The Army visit was fab and the activities that took place at the jobcentre were all very good. Sue Bradley, lecturer at college
The programme enabled the students to find out and learn about the Civil Service detailing the different job roles, careers, departments and options available e.g. apprenticeships.
I liked learning about the different opportunities and range of jobs in the Civil Service. Kevin Fechete, student
Students explored the Civil Service jobs website and were asked to find a job they could apply for. Visits were organised to Blackburn and Darwen jobcentre’s where students were given a tour and a guest speaker gave an insight into the world of digital.
The students also visited the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Army barracks where students were given a tour, discovered what careers were available and learnt about the work of reservists.
I enjoyed travelling to get to my interview and other activities as it gave me a feel of a real job. Junaid Patel, student
The students were also given advice and help on;
- writing CV’s
- cover letters
- types of interview and;
- writing personal statements.
Students were invited to attend a mock interview at a local jobcentre, to enable them to experience a real life interview and practice the skills of making travel arrangements, time keeping, dressing smartly all the things that are needed when going for an interview.
I think that the interview process was the best thing about the programme. It has given me some really valuable lessons with some great feedback which will help me in the future. Emily-Robyn Parke, Student
The final celebration event showcased what the students had achieved on the programme, they shared their thoughts by drawing and presenting what they had learnt. It was humbling to see the change in students from the first week, they had grown in confidence and learnt some valuable skills along the way. 11 out of 16 students said that they would consider a career in the Civil Service after completing this programme.
The Principal of the college thanked the students and CS Local for the work and time that the project team has input into making this programme such a success.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this project; it has given me a greater insight in to the working practices on how institutions are preparing students in readiness for leaving further education. Cheryl Fisher, project team
We are continuing the relationship with the college over the next few months by providing some Internships for students at Blackburn jobcentre.
The students made a display and Darwen job centre agreed to advertise the college in their building.
We hope to repeat the Inspiring Young People programme each year with Blackburn college and help inspire even more students.