The Valley’s pupils gained first hand experience of an interview with an employer in order to prepare them for the world of work.

In a real-life simulation of a standard interview process, pupils checked in at a reception desk and sat in separate waiting rooms before being called into the conference room to face questions from different businesses and training providers.

Careers Advisor at The Valley, Mrs Grenaghan, said:

“We wanted to make the interviews as realistic as possible so that the pupils are more prepared for when they have to face the real thing.”

Representatives from Refresco, Alternative Futures, Nelson and Colne College, Cherry Tree Lodge Residential Care Home, the Department of Work and Pensions, Burnley FB in the Community, the Armed Forces, Transport Training Academy and Tufties Hair and Beauty attended.

Lilly Ellison, 14, said:

“I would like to be a beautician because it is a job where I will get to interact with people.


“I was interviewed by Tufties and I think it went all right. I was quite nervous, but then I started to relax.


“I explained what GCSEs I was doing and I was given guidance on what I will need and I am doing the right subjects. I am hoping to get an apprenticeship.”

Also looking to work in the hair and beauty industry was Chelsea Wright, 15.

Chelsea said:

“I was confident and they asked me lots of questions about what I wanted to do and I was given an apprentice application form, so when I apply I know what they will be looking for.


“I have already arranged my work experience and I will be going to Taylor Taylor salon in Rawtenstall.”

Chelsea ultimately hopes to get an apprenticeship or to go to college.