Over 100 Collyer’s students took part in a Mock Assessment Session at the college, run by talented experts from Nestle. The key exercise involved groups planning and then presenting pitches on the marketing of a Nestle product. The Nestle team comprised: Kate Alcock, Chloe Mills and Katie Tyson.
Katie Tyson was delighted: “We were particularly impressed with the creative ideas, use of humour and standard of the presentations. The students were engaged from the introduction, and continued with energy and enthusiasm throughout what was a difficult task.”
The students gained a tremendous amount from the experience and they were able to practise their employability skills, and pick up professional tips and techniques from the Nestle team, to help them to prepare for the recruitment process with other employers.
Steve Martell, deputy principal at Collyer’s, teaches the Employability Programme at the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college. He was thoroughly impressed: “Our students showed a genuine interest in Nestlé as a company and the opportunities on offer. I’m incredibly proud of them all!”
Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Co-ordinator at Collyer’s, said: “We tell the students that business really matters, so it’s fantastic to be working in partnership with organisations like Nestlé, to provide our students with the employability skills to kick-start their careers.”
Steve added: “Big thanks to Kate Alcock, Chloe Mills, Katie Tyson, and of course Collyer’s Lucy Hargreaves and business teachers Ann Kirkby and Ivan Morgan for making this important practical learning opportunity possible.”