Supporting employability skills among young people

Senior managers supported students at The Bosco College, an alternative education setting for students aged 15-19, by offering mock interviews as part of our sustainability commitment and Network Rail’s wider volunteering initiative.

As part of the ongoing Thameslink Programme sustainability commitment, and the in line with Network Rail’s wider volunteering initiative, senior managers helped boost the employability skills of students at Bosco College.

Background

An alternative educational setting for students aged 15-19, Bosco College supports young people who would benefit from being outside of a mainstream education environment. The college offers GCSEs in English, Maths, IT, Arts, Drama and Design as well as a range of vocational subjects such as Childcare and Business Administration.

At the College, students are encouraged and supported to build themselves a career despite the personal challenges they may face. Students are also aided in choosing the right pathway and receive support and advice throughout their time with the centre, along with a challenging, structured environment.

Boosting employability skills

The volunteering event focussed on mock interviews and saw nearly 40 students take part in 20-minute one-to-ones with a senior manager from the Thameslink Programme. The exercise was designed to create an interview in a friendly environment so that the students would be more prepared and relaxed when facing interview situations in the future.

Between the interviews, Costain and Network Rail apprentices delivered engaging team-building sessions to help the students boost their team working and communication skills.

Benefits

Those involved from Thameslink Programme expressed how impressed they were with the self-awareness and confidence of the students. The volunteering event and support offered were very well received by the College. Following the event, several work experience opportunities were offered to students who took part.

The positive relationship with the College continued during the subsequent National Apprenticeship Week. During the week-long event, Costain apprentices provided mentoring and support to students wishing to pursue an apprenticeship in rail or construction.