Jade impresses at interview

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A Doncaster Early Years student has received a job offer - during the course of an employability training session.

Jade McKenzie greatly impressed employer Little Learners Day Nursery as she undertook a series of tasks designed to put students through their paces and prepare them for real job interviews.

The BA Early Childhood Studies student, aged 21, undertook a series of written tasks, prepared and presented an activity to her peers and even had a trial one-to-one interview as part of the training at The Stables Conference Centre recently. The event was attended by a range of employers from the Early Years, Primary and Community sectors, including representatives from Doncaster Initial Teacher Training Partnership, Children’s Centres, Private Day Care Providers, Ofsted and staff from the PGCE programme.

Jade, who will start work with the nursery, based at Doncaster Deaf Trust on Leger Way in September, said: “Taking part in the sessions allowed me to prepare for a real interview and enabled me to gain insight into the expectations of employers. Getting a job from it was amazing! It has really built my confidence and been an invaluable experience.”

Early Years Lecturer Deborah Ellis added, “The focus this academic year has been linked to employability and developing student confidence in presenting and speaking to an unknown audience. The work included investigations into international curriculum models as well as approaches to learning, comparing this to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Students also showcased their recent work on International Perspectives.”