Students experience interviewing with top employers for Careers Day

On this World Youth Skills Day, we celebrate some of the vital work our Employability and Careers team are doing in schools to help bridge the gap between education, training and employability through the organising of mock interviews with top-name employers at schools in London.

As part of our careers services for schools, we were awarded the ‘Careers Clusters’ contract in December 2019, with funding from The Mayor’s European Social Fund. Through this, we have been working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to help design high-quality careers guidance support and activities for students living in Hillingdon and Croydon.

On 1 July, Education Development Trust, in partnership with Hewens College (part of the Hillingdon Careers Clusters), organised a very successful Careers Day in which the Work Related Learning Organiser and the Careers Leader at the college brought together over seventy Year 10 pupils and 11 different employers. In preparation for the day, students prepared their CVs with support from Job Centre Plus and Mondelez International, who provided feedback to allow them to make any changes prior to their mock interviews on the day.

The Careers Day began with employer talks from the Army, Police, Morgan Sindall, SCS Railways, Pepper Group, Reed, Mondelez International and Job Centre Plus, giving the students an opportunity to gain further information on some of the organisations that would be interviewing them. Suitably dressed for the occasion, the students were later invited to experience up to three mock interviews with the employers of their choice to help them experience the level of preparation needed to be successful at a job interview. Student feedback was very positive, with many of them saying they found it very useful and gained some insight into the roles and responsibilities of working within these different industries.

“Really enjoyed the whole day and experience. I learnt a lot of new things and it will definitely help me in future to understand what skills employers want.” Year 10 student, Hewens College


We also received some excellent feedback from the employers who participated in the day.

“The whole day was good, but I personally felt that the interviews were my favourite part of the day as the students were 100% engaged and I believe that they would have found this session to beneficial.” The MET Police


Aarti Jaswal is managing the Hillingdon cluster and has been working with senior leadership teams in secondary schools and further education colleges on careers guidance needs for 20 years.

“Organising days like this really helps to engage local employers and helps higher education institutes to support pupils with work placements and internships,” she says. “The students always gain a lot from having these experiences and many will go on to use the skills they’ve developed later in life.”


To find out more about our Careers Clusters work, please click here.