Pupils discover how to get hired

Helen Salt (SAPHiR) and Anne Clyde (UKSE) with Cardinal Newman High pupils Oliva Paterson and Barry Linden
Helen Salt (SAPHiR) and Anne Clyde (UKSE) with Cardinal Newman High pupils Oliva Paterson and Barry Linden

Pupils from Cardinal Newman High in Bellshill are one step closer to landing their dream careers after learning how to successfully prepare for job interviews.

The SAPhIR (Search, Application, Presentation and you’re Hired) Employability Programme, created and delivered by recruitment specialists Helen Salt and Cameron Shearer, teaches pupils about the modern employment market and provides insight into the interview process.

Already a staple of the curriculum in South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire schools, the roll-out across parts of North Lanarkshire is being funded by UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

The pilot initiative is being delivered at Cardinal Newman High, Greenfaulds High in Cumbernauld and Clyde Valley High in Wishaw, with a view to expansion in the next academic year.

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 S4-S6, consists of interactive presentations, group activities and individual tasks, with pupils given a workbook full of practical advice and examples they can refer to when preparing for the real thing.

Cardinal Newman High S6 pupil Barry Fraser said: “It was fantastic to go into depth about key aspects of finding a job. A very effective way to cover details which may not be given in school.”