NRS Healthcare’s Head of Health, Safety and Environment worked with school leavers to give them valuable experience of meeting representatives from the world of work.

Simon Jones was one of 43 volunteers at Co-op Academy Bebington who interviewed more than 240 Year 11 and 13 students as part of its Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme.

All students who took part said they felt ‘more confident’ afterwards.

>Simon has volunteered at the secondary school in Wirral for the past four years and said:

“Being able to offer young people the opportunity to practice their interview skills in a safe learning environment is a great way to help them prepare for their futures. I am grateful to NRS Healthcare for enabling me to continue supporting the students through the company volunteer days.”

Mock Interviews are held in schools to give students an opportunity to talk to people they haven’t met before to learn how to answer questions, develop interview strategies, improve communication skills and reduce stress before an actual job interview. It also helps those who might have interviews for higher education.

The Careers team at Bebington Academy said they were extremely thankful to Simon and all the volunteers who ensure events like this can go ahead and offered their professional expertise and feedback to the students.

Carol Fardoe, Careers Adviser, said:

“Students said their experience would help them when being interviewed for college or university as well as a job. They told us they felt more confident after the mock interview experience. We often find our volunteers get as much out of the experience as our students! This was a great opportunity for both our Year 11 and Year 13 students and our supporters in the community network.”

All NRS Healthcare employees can undertake two days voluntary work throughout the year.