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Tilly Bailey & Irvine Take Interview Advice Into Region's Schools

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Build My Skills Award

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors has committed to bringing real-life workplace experience into some of the region’s schools, giving students guidance in communicating and interview skills.

For the second year, we have committed three staff to participate in the ‘Building My Skills’ programme, which has been developed by Esh Group and has received national recognition for its successes. The programme recently won the partnership the ‘Heart of the Community’ Award at the Durham and Wearside North East Business Awards and will now go forward to compete for the overall title at the regional finals in April 2015.

Staff from our Wynyard-based Commercial Law team have prepared presentations for Year 10 students at six regional schools; Sacred Heart RC Secondary School in Redcar, Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough, Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool, Saltburn Learning Campus, Greenfield Community College in Newton Aycliffe and Outwood Academy Acklam.

Theresa Carling, an Employment Lawyer with the firm, together with Commercial Litigation specialists Gemma Smith and Helen Lyne have presented in the schools. Theresa commented: “It’s a real challenge to engage with an audience of 14 and 15 year olds, and provide them with relevant, practical and interesting information that will make them better prepared for the workplace. The feedback has been fantastic, with the audience often getting instantly involved with our presentation. Later in the year, we will conduct mock interviews with a selection of students from each school, giving them extensive feedback on this performance, and how they could improve. We found last year that the students were so keen to improve their interview performance that they wanted another mock interview straight away.

“We’re keen to invest in our region’s future, and happy to commit this time to this excellent scheme. We hear too often that youngsters lack essential skills which are used daily in the workplace. If we can help build these skills, and build the young people’s confidence and aspirations, then hopefully we’ll be making a difference. Maybe, we’ll inspire one or two young people to pursue a legal career, potentially with Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm.”

Jill Wright, Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Advisor at Sacred Heart RC Secondary School in Redcar, added: “We were very keen to take part in the Building My Skills programme as soon as it became available to Redcar schools. Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s presentation was full of relevant information about interviews, and our Year 10 students not only took it all in but actively participated in the session. They’ve since been enthusiastic to put into practice everything they learned in our mock interviews. It’s clear they appreciate that this is priceless advice which will really help them in their future careers.”

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