Pupils from schools across Lanarkshire are getting ready to land their dream jobs after learning how to successfully prepare for job interviews.

The SAPhIR Employability Programme, created and delivered by recruitment specialists, gives pupils a valuable insight into what is expected in today’s employment market and provides an overview of interview processes.

The programme, running in North and South Lanarkshire schools, is being funded by UKSE.

The programme has been rolled out across Dalziel and Coatbridge High Schools in North Lanarkshire, and Lesmahagow and Carluke High Schools in South Lanarkshire. The backing from UKSE which totals £2,500, will be used for teaching materials and the involvement of recruitment experts.

The half-day workshop aimed at pupils in S4 to S6 consists of interactive presentations and both group and individual tasks. Standing for ‘Search, Application, Presentation and you’re Hired,’ the SAPhIR programme offers a selection of techniques that help young people prepare for interviews or work programmes, along with gaining the confidence to present themselves for vacancies.

Helen Salt, who delivers the SAPhIR programme said: “Preparing pupils for life beyond school is hugely important, particularly in an age where young people are faced with an increasingly challenging employment market.

“Thanks to the funding support from UKSE, we are now able to provide pupils across Lanarkshire with support, advice and insight on how best to prepare for interviews and recruitment processes.”

Kathleen McCormick, head teacher at Carluke High said: “We are delighted with the input for our senior pupils to help support them in their next steps and we are grateful to UK Steel Enterprise for their support. The techniques, tips and strategies that the pupils learned will undoubtedly support them in their future job searches and careers.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE said: “The SAPhIR programme continues to provide young people with the skills they need to be successful when leaving school and looking to go into employment.

“UKSE are proud to support such a fantastic initiative and wish everyone who took part in the process the best of luck in finding a job in the future.”

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