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Pupils from Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw, are one step closer to landing their dream careers after learning how to successfully prepare for job interviews. 

The SAPhIR Employability Programme, created and delivered by recruitment specialists, teaches pupils about the modern employment market and provides insight into the interview process.

While 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, the Tata Steel subsidiary created to further economic prosperity in traditional steel producing communities.

The pilot initiative will be delivered in three Lanarkshire schools; Clyde Valley High School, Greenfaulds High School and Cardinal Newman High School with a view to expanding into other schools 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 pupils in S4 through to S6, consists of interactive presentations, group activities and individual tasks. Standing for ‘Search, Application, Presentation and you’re Hired,’ the SAPhIR programme teaches the dos and don’ts of job interviews through real life examples of candidate selection techniques. Those who complete the course will not only learn how to find job vacancies, they will receive tips for crafting applications and gain confidence in presenting themselves during an interview.

Each attendee will also receive a course workbook packed with practical advice and examples, which they will be able to refer to when preparing for the real thing.

Groups of around 20 pupils are taken through the course by recruitment specialists Helen Salt and Cameron Shearer, who have more than 20 years experience interviewing and selecting candidates for businesses and organisations.

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UK Steel Enterprise said: “The SAPhIR programme has achieved excellent results across schools in South Lanarkshire with headteachers, pupils and parents all recognising the benefits.

“The employment market is tougher than ever, and to really stand out from the crowd candidates need to be able to positively communicate their skills.”