Salad days for pupils

Pupils at Hazeldene
Pupils at Hazeldene

PUPILS have spent time at a Wigan food plant to help them prepare for the world of work.

The youngsters from Fred Longworth High School visited salad production business Hazeldene to gain vital experience in the workplace.

Over a two-week period, Hazeldene invited pupils from the school to its site on the Martland Park Industrial Estate for a mock recruitment day, helping them to prepare for when they leave school next summer.

The pupils, all aged 15 and 16, spent a day learning about different departments and job roles as well as having a tour of the factory to help them gain a better understanding of production within the food industry.

Sam Sumner, HR Manager at Hazeldene, said: “The pupils took part in mock interviews, allowing them to build in confidence, reflect on their skills and experience, and gain an insight into the types of questions they may be faced with in a real-life situation.

“We all know how hard it is when you leave school, firstly knowing what you want to do and then being successful in a job interview, so we felt it was important to support our local school with the recruitment days.

“We already have strong links with Fred Longworth High School as some colleagues have accompanied pupils on Outward Bound Trust adventures.

“The recruitment days were part of our plan to build on our partnerships in our local communities. We are looking forward to a further two mock recruitment sessions March 2013.”

Martin Ainscough, Head of Applied Learning at Fred Longworth High School added: “The children have learnt so much from their time spent at Hazeldene.

“Often it is difficult for the students to engage and many of them have very low confidence levels, but the experience has definitely had a positive impact on them”