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24 January 2017

Our Ethnic Diversity Network committee welcomed 25 year-11 students from Northumberland Park Community School in north London to an event at our headquarters building in London.

Volunteers from across BT put them through their paces with 30-minute mock job interviews.

It’s part of our ethnic diversity schools programme. Our employees volunteer to mentor students aged 15-16, and help them learn key skills and techniques to improve their prospects of securing jobs or apprenticeship placements.

We’re helping students prepare for work

Schools across the country have engaged with the programme, and we’re now looking to increase the number taking part.

Kevin Lendor, chairman of our Ethnic Diversity Network, was among colleagues who volunteered to act as prospective employers.

Kevin says: “It was wonderful that colleagues from across the business freely volunteered their time and had a wealth of career experiences.

“They asked the students questions about themselves, their best achievements to date, their strengths and weaknesses and career aspirations. Each interviewer completed a short feedback form for the students to take away.”

Jenny Kirk, Northumberland Park Community School co-ordinator, sent a message thanking us for organising the interviews. She says: “These are really life-enhancing for the students and provide them with very useful hints and tips for their college interviews which start in January.”

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