One of the government's most senior civil servants visited New City College in east London today, to volunteer in an initiative that focuses on helping young people learn the practical life skills and confidence they will need to improve and enhance their employability.
Mr Jonathan Slater, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, visited New City College's Tower Hamlets campus in Poplar, and shared his experiences of his career and the workplace and discussed the important skills and attitudes that young people need to become successful in the workplace.
During his visit, Mr Slater heard advisers from the college and from the charity Young Enterprise, talk about how to prepare a CV, prepare for an interview, create a personal 'sales pitch' as well as discussing how tone of voice and presentation are important in the jobs market. The students also had time to prepare their pitches and present them to the others including Mr Slater.
Speaking after his visit today, Mr Slater said:
I really enjoyed meeting the young people today and listening to their ambitions. It was rewarding to see first-hand how further education is playing a positive role in helping prepare the next generation of skilled and confident young people for industry. It is so important that young people not only leave school or college with a qualification, but also that they are trained in the life skills they will need to successfully compete for and secure the jobs they want.
Ms Alison Arnaud, Principal Tower Hamlets and Hackney campuses said:
We are delighted to have Young Enterprise visit us today and grateful that they have brought along top level leaders like Jonathan Slater to share their personal insights and advice with our students. Speaking with Jonathan and his colleagues today can only help inspire and focus the students on understanding fully the importance of skills like behaviour, attitude and body language are as important as their qualification is in helping them be employable after their studies.
Young Enterprise works directly with young people, schools, colleges and universities and with businesses and parents to help build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society.
It runs a number of hands-on employability, enterprise and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training, with the aim of reducing youth unemployment, helping young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to learn, work and live.