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Equipping future generations

Posted on 10 May 2018

Groundwork Hertfordshire attended an Employability Skills event organised and run by Connect Dacorum, that saw 200 year 10 pupils from Longdean School take part. 

On Thursday 4 May 2018, Groundwork helped the students with CV writing and interview skills to prepare them for their future careers.

The event was interactive for the pupils – interviewing their facilitators before moving on to looking in more detail at their own CVs and giving advice.  The second half concentrated on interview skills with mock interviews and also a fun “speed interviewing” game. The pupils came away with helpful feedback and advice directly from employers about what they look for in a CV, covering letter and throughout the interview process.

Cindy Withey, Manager of Connect Dacorum praised the pupils and facilitators for a great day “Longdean School will be very proud of their Year 10’s who were well behaved and engaged in the session.  It’s a pleasure for Connect Dacorum to organise these events as it benefits the pupils but is also very rewarding for our facilitators to help shape the future workforce”.

The pupils also completed a feedback sheet at the end of the day with most of them of them saying that it was really helpful. One wrote “I have found about interviews and a variety of skills needed”.  Another said “I will apply the communication skills that I have developed.”

Longdean School said: “This activity gave our students an amazing opportunity to learn future skills needed in the workplace.  It gave them the chance to spend two hours with a local employer in a small group situation where they were able to ask questions and find out information that is important to them.”

The facilitators came from a wide variety of backgrounds and businesses (full list see below), all willing to give up their time to help shape the future generation and pass on valuable advice. 

Jane Mills, Employment Manager at Groundwork said: "It was a pleasure to help and inspire the young people and I wish them all well in their future careers."

For more information about future events, contact Cindy Withey at Connect Dacorum on


Karen Gosen – Gaddesden Place RDA

Ash Vekaria – Lumina Technologies

Jane O’Gorman – Ten2Two

David Harrop – One Stop Doctors

Jane Mills – Groundwork East

April Harbour – Atlas Copco

Mark Rickard – Robert Dyas

Tim Edwin – Dacorum Heritage Trust

Polly Chapman – Epson