Careers advice for Hartlepool teenagers

Liam Martin and  Lisa Greig from Catcote School  Business and Enterprise College at a careers event held at the college
Liam Martin and Lisa Greig from Catcote School Business and Enterprise College at a careers event held at the college
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TEENAGERS have been learning more about the career options open to them at an event held inside their college.

Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, held the careers event all week with a variety of events, activities and challenges.

The week involved students spending their week following challenges and also preparing for an interview, taking part in a Job Centre workshop, which involved them looking at job specifications and choosing an appropriate position for them to apply for and completing an application form and CV for the job.

They then had to access the appropriate clothing workshop and select an appropriate interview outfit to wear.

A number of local businesses also came into school to interview the students for the jobs as part of the week, which included a Choices Event, a Jigsaw challenge and a Valentine’s Day challenge.

The challenge included students being given ‘Catcote Cash’ to buy products and items from a shop set up in the school hall. Their challenge was to produce a product to sell at the Valentine-themed coffee morning at the end of the week.

The week culminated in a celebration assembly so the students could celebrate their hard work.

Amanda Metcalf, 14 to 19 co-ordinator at the school, said: “The Careers Week involved the whole school coming off timetable to follow a weeks worth of activities and challenges about careers.

“Because the week ended on Valentine’s Day we called the week ‘Love your Careers’. The week was part of the business and enterprise initiative, which runs throughout the year in Catcote Academy to incorporate and embed transferable skills throughout the curriculum.

“This week was organised and delivered as part of Careers and 14 to 19 remit.”

Meanwhile, students from English Martyrs School, in Catcote Road, came into school for the week to support and run the activities.