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5th Jul 2018

To coincide with UK Employability Day 2018 (29th June), Adviza ran a ‘Question Time’ style event on Tuesday 26th June, kindly hosted by Sandhurst Secondary School and chaired by Deputy Head, Justin Southwood.  A panel of top employers including Dell, Three, Verizon, Aker Solutions, Army Careers and Adviza’s own CEO, Katharine Horler OBE, debated questions from local secondary school pupils about employing young people.

Employability Day is an awareness day for the employment support sector and employers that help jobseekers gain and progress in work.  It gives organisations such as Adviza an opportunity to highlight what employment support means at the frontline and the impact it is having in the local area.

The event lasted for an hour and covered questions such as:

Which is the better option, a degree or an apprenticeship? 

“Deciding whether to go to university or take up an apprenticeship very much depends on how well you know yourself.  Are you a theoretical or practical learner?  If it’s the latter, an apprenticeship will possibly be more appropriate,” said Steve Wood, Aker Solutions.

• What type of skills do employers think pupils should gain in school to ensure they are work ready? 

"Before you even start work there are lots of ways to gain experience to add to your CV.  Duke of Edinburgh, voluntary and part time work are a great way to gain employability skills,” said Gavin Barnard, Dell.

​• Are employers aware of the new grading system for GCSEs?

“We know it has changed and as an employer we do need to bring ourselves up-to-date with how the new numbered system relates to the old A-E grades,” said Aaron West, Verizon.

• How can I make myself stand out on my CV? 

“It’s not all about which qualifications you have, although this is important.  When we recruit, it’s really important to see a candidate’s personality coming through often through their hobbies.  But be specific, if you are interested in travelling say where it is you’d like to go and why,” said Trudi Fell, Three.

Gatsby Benchmark

As an added benefit to the schools, the event contributed to reaching part of the Gatsby benchmark of ‘encounters with employers and employees’.  The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. “It was a really positive opportunity for the young people and their questions and subsequent feedback demonstrated that they really got a lot out of the session,” said Katharine Horler, CEO Adviza.

If you are an employer or a school interested in taking part in similar future events please get in touch on 0118 4027050 or


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