Student Jade McKenzie took part in a mock interview and so impressed the employer that she scooped herself a job.
The Doncaster College BA Early Childhood Studies student was hired on the spot by little Learners at The Deaf Trust.
Jade’s interview took place at an employability event and involved tasks such as preparing and presenting an activity, and written assignments. Many employers from the Early Years, Primary and Community sectors participated. Twenty-one year old Jade said: “Getting a job from this was amazing. It has built my confidence and been invaluable”!
Representatives from Doncaster Initial Teacher Training Partnership, Children’s Centres, Private Day Care Providers, Ofsted and staff from the PGCE programme all took part in the employability day.
Jade added: “Taking part in the interviews allowed me to prepare for a real interview and enabled me to gain insight into the expectations of employers.” Students also showcased their recent work on International Perspectives they have studied as part of their programme.
The conference event held at The Stables, Restaurant and Conference Centre included work on investigations in to international curriculum models, and different approaches to learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is the framework used in England for children under five years. Their studies included Forest School, Te Whairki and High Scope.
Early Years Lecturer Deborah Ellis said: “The focus this academic year has been linked to employability and developing student confidence in presenting and speaking to an unknown audience”.
University Centre Doncaster has a variety of courses specifically tailored around early learning and development. Visit www.don.ac.uk/universitycentre/departments/earlyyears