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CATS Canterbury Personal Development Programme

 October 08 2019 | Kent & Medway | Views: 869

Thanks to the generous support of over 15 STEM Ambassadors on Tuesday 8 October, The Enterprise in Education Partnership Limited in partnership with The STEM Hub were able to offer 250 students attending CATS Canterbury the opportunity to have a 15 minute interview with a local STEM Ambassador.

The interview session followed a 90 minute programme which was designed to prepare the students for the interview and focused on presentation and communication skills. Sue Elliot, director of The Enterprise in Education Partnership Limited remarked ‘it was clear that the STEM Ambassadors enjoyed supporting this programme and in particular, having the opportunity to see first-hand just how effective the programme was in developing some key transferable skills.

There was an overwhelming percentage of students who rated the programme as highly successful in building confidence, presentation skills and preparing them for future interviews. There was a real buzz in the room as they took part in the interview session! Bearing in mind that many of these students have been in the UK for a short period of time and that English is not their first language, they were a real pleasure to work with and a credit to the themselves and the college’.

Feedback from STEM Ambassadors

  • ‘I really enjoyed meeting those wonderful young people - so full of life and energy!’
  • ‘It was a pleasure to engage with some of the students and a learning experience for me too. I am used to interviewing adults for jobs, so it was a breath of fresh air to have interviewees who are not under pressure. I look forward to next years event’.
  • ‘It was such a pleasure meeting the students (and other STEM Ambassadors) from various countries and I honestly hope I was able to help them to get a feel for potential interviews for their futures. I would definitely love to get involved in this activity next year too. I just wish them all the best with their futures’

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