A Northumberland career specialist is helping youngsters get into gear for job success in a new programme.
Peter Boyle, from Bluebean Career Path Consultancy in Longhorsley, has teamed up with Deborah Thompson, from UXL Life Consultants in Washington, to deliver the training scheme in schools.
The Gear My Career initiative aims to support pupils from Year 8 onwards through their career planning.
It focuses on developing their strengths and skills, improving their grades and encouraging them to stay engaged in their studies, while recognising and celebrating their differences.
There are four key ‘cogs’ of talents, strengths, skills and behaviours, with modules known as ‘gears’ working towards career progression.
The programme includes help for pupils to brand and sell their abilities, format their CVs and prepare for interviews.
Students have been learning the most common skills and behaviours.Peter Boyle
It could also help teachers gain new insights into their students’ talents and adapt their teaching style to suit.
Taster sessions have already been provided at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland and are planned for St Joseph’s RC School in Hebburn.
Mr Boyle said: “Students have been learning the most common skills and behaviours, and in just two sessions have identified key skills, talents and strengths, and now have a better idea of who they are as a person and what qualities they would bring to a prospective employer.”