More than 200 students descended on David Young Academy in Seacroft for an event dubbed “Yorkshire’s biggest job interview”.
Organised by the Esh Group construction company, the day saw a range of firms giving pupils aged from 14 to 17 an insight into the world of work by putting them through mock interviews.
Some of the firms involved even had real vacancies on offer for the assembled students from David Young and other schools across Yorkshire, including Leeds’s Co-operative Academy and Allerton High.
The event was part of a wider programme run by Esh Group called Building My Skills, which aims to boost the career prospects of pupils by holding advice sessions on subjects such as writing CVs and managing social media profiles.
Companies backing Building My Skills include Yorkshire Water, Safe Move, Campfire PR, Yorkshire Housing, Leap Enterprise, Jewson and P&HS Architects.
Andy Gawthorpe, regional managing director of Esh Group, thanked all of those involved with the programme for their support.
He said: “This initiative provides much needed training in workplace skills to thousands of young people. Without other businesses being willing to be involved this wouldn’t be possible.
“The response from both schools and businesses to our invitation was excellent. Everyone recognised the importance of this kind of event in helping young people improve their career prospects.”
Esh Group employs around 1,200 people in areas that include civil engineering and building as well as commercial and residential property development.
It is currently seeking other like-minded companies to support Building My Skills.
For further information about the programme, contact Celeste Armitage at firstname.lastname@example.org.