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Pupils receive ILM certificates following Employability Skills course

Pupils in their senior phase of school have just completed a four-day employability course provided by Developing the Young Workforce and accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Twelve pupils from three schools were involved in the pilot programme which involved highly interactive and intensive activities. The schools involved were: Notre Dame High School, All Saints Secondary and St Paul’s High School.

In today’s competitive marketplace, it is important that school pupils are equipped with the right employability skills to succeed in the workplace. In total, 9 out of 10 employers state that employability skills are the top attributes they look for when hiring (CBI, 2016) and more than half of employers say they have turned down candidates because they lacked employability skills and the right personality & behaviours (Training Journal, 2016).

Designed through close collaboration and input from leading organisations, and accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), The Employability Skills Programme® is a highly interactive, intense, small group-based programme, built around the concept of 'a typical week in the office'.  

The programme, hosted by Alec Pearson, from Pearson Communication, prepared pupils for entry into the workplace, by addressing the key employability skills required by organisations, which included modules on effective presentations, brand development (personality and behaviours), working in teams, assertiveness, how to excel in the workplace and time management.

For each module real-life work place experiences were discussed together with useful practical advice on how to confidently navigate the world of work.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce presented the students with an ILM certificate on completion of the programme, all of whom expressed positive feedback from their experience.

One pupil said: “It has really changed my perception of the world of work. I have learned a lot about the world of work and I believe I can put what I have learned into practice.”

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