Inspiration Agenda works with Ernest Bevin College and Dunelm
Leroy Kraku, London Partnership Careers Adviser, arranged a school session with Ernest Bevin College, a boys’ school in Wandsworth, and Dunelm, one of the largest home furnishings retailers in the UK.
The aim of the session was to show young people the different types of retail roles available, challenge myths about working in the retail sector and boost their employability skills by working on communication and teamwork.
Students were introduced to the National Careers Service and to the member of staff from Dunelm, who spoke about her own personal experiences and the routes she took on her career journey. She also spoke about the company values and opportunities with Dunelm and gave an insight to her role and responsibilities. The session involved a recruitment activity, delivered by a HR professional, to encourage the young people to work in teams and find out more about how employers select applicants and make hiring choices.
Feedback from the day was fantastic - one student commented “I have learnt that first impressions are important when trying to get a job. I also learnt that it is important to work well in a group”. Another said “I got to know about the different types of jobs and I’m glad I could take part in a group interview”.
Following the activity day, a few Ernest Bevin students went on to search for vacancies with Dunelm and applied for part-time roles. As a result of participating in the Inspiration Agenda session, two students were successful and secured paid roles at a Dunelm store in South West London.
Leroy Kraku, Partnership Careers Adviser said “These activities are so important for young people to get a taste of the working world – the outcomes we have achieved from this particular session are amazing and really demonstrate how effective good quality careers education can be”.