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CHEERS: Catcote school pupils celebrate to mark the end of their Enterprise Week.

CHEERS: Catcote school pupils celebrate to mark the end of their Enterprise Week.

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ENTERPRISING students have been treated to a celebratory party after enjoying an insight into the world of work.

Catcote School, Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, hosted the Enterprise Week last week for the whole school and organisers say the aim was to get the students thinking about future careers through enterprise.

Youngsters raised a glass to celebrate the end of the week which saw children take part in mock interviews and enjoy a choices career event.

Business representatives also visited the school to speak to the youngsters.

Teachers used the theme of enterprise in various lessons throughout the week and the mock interviews were held for those aged 14 to 19 at which they were encouraged to dress smartly, clean their shoes and prepare for interviews for imaginary jobs.

The school created its own job centre and staff were keen for the experience to be as real as possible.

The interview day saw governors, representatives from other colleges and town businesses come in to help out.

Staff say the children impressed during their interviews and say it is good preparation ahead of an actual week’s work experience at various town locations from Monday, March 11.

Barry Currell, a teacher at the school, said: “We held the party to celebrate the end of the successful Enterprise Week.

“It went really well and the staff were impressed with the efforts of the young people.

“The representatives from town businesses and organisations said they were impressed and there was some really positive feedback, especially about how well prepared they were.”

Meanwhile, the Choices Event saw organisations from town and surrounding areas come into school to let the youngsters know what post-16 opportunities are available to them.

Parents were also invited along.