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Doug Ferguson and Mel Hayward at the HITZ awards
Doug Ferguson and Mel Hayward at the HITZ awards
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Foundation hosts more innovative CV and interview workshops

Northampton Saints Foundation has taken another huge stride towards getting more young people into employment than ever before.

Doug Ferguson and Mel Hayward, Learning and Development Mentors at Saints Foundation, created a bespoke CV writing and interview skills programme for HITZ students in 2019 – which was nationally recognised at Premiership Rugby’s HITZ Awards.

The programme has now become an essential part of the Saints Foundation’s courses, ensuring that all young people leave us with the CV and interview skills to help them stand out from the crowd.

And last month (before the social distancing guidance caused by the Coronavirus pandemic came into effect) the programme culminated in a simulated business interview session, as several local partners and business leaders descended upon Franklin’s Gardens to put the students to the test.

“Completing the workshops has really set me up for the world of work. I feel more confident in my own ability, and Doug and Mel highlighted skills that I didn’t even realise I had.”

Lazim, HITZ Student

The MPA Group, Approved Business Finance, Northampton Borough Council, Bearward, and Compass all sent representatives along to deliver mock interviews, alongside Foundation trustees and Northampton Saints players James Grayson and Paul Hill.

“Seeing the students grow throughout the year has been incredible,” said Jordan Letts, Head of Foundation. “I am very proud of what they have achieved and of course we wish all the students now leaving us the very best for the future.

“Getting the chance to take part in simulations like these is an incredible opportunity for these young people – hopefully the job roles available have inspired them and given them the confidence to apply moving forwards.”

Mel Hayward added: “It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be able to support the great work being done by the Saints Foundation.

“This is the second year we have run the workshops and the feedback for us is really positive – we continue to build on that feedback to ensure the students’ experience improves year-on-year.

“Our aim is to ensure as many young people as possible have the opportunity to take that next big step into employment.”