Coventry Building Society helps local students prepare for the world of work

Coventry Building Society has launched a programme – in partnership with Employability UK – to help over 100 Coventry students gain skills for the workplace.

Over 70 members of staff volunteered to deliver the workshops to students in six local schools – Stoke Park, Sidney Stringer Academy, Ernesford Grange Community Academy, Whitley Academy, Grace Academy and Foxford School. The sessions in CV preparation, employment etiquette, interview techniques and presentation skills have all been very successful, with more workshops planned for the months leading up to the final event in July.

One of the volunteers, Jamie Marsh from the Coventry’s HR Department, delivered one of the CV preparation workshops and said: “The session was a great success! All of the students got really involved in the activities and discussions – what struck me was the students’ appetite to sharpen their skills and become more ‘employable’”.

Steve Law, Head of Sixth Form at Ernesford Grange Academy, said: “Employability UK and Coventry Building Society have opened up the world of work to our students by focusing on the skills and personal qualities they will need to be successful in finding a job. The sessions so far have been extremely interactive, engaging and informative – they have both increased our students’ confidence and raised their aspirations. Thank you to all of the volunteers, Coventry Building Society and Employability UK for delivering such a fantastic programme”.