Careers Inspiration in Schools -“The Candidate” Accelerating your future with Vauxhall

On the 5th & 13th December 2017, Vauxhall Motors hosted this exciting new programme for 96 Year 9 students from Lea Manor & Lealands High Schools.   This project was designed by teachers from the two Luton High Schools and Vauxhall undergraduates, as part of the Careers Inspiration in Schools programme supported by Develop.

Develop was instrumental in matching Vauxhall with the local schools and organising the initial consultations between all parties.  Develop then worked together with the schools and Vauxhall to design “The Candidate” programme, which has been designed to give students an insight into the world of work, the recruitment process and the importance of communication skills.

During the day students had to undertake several activities, one of which demonstrated how maths and English are used in the workplace.  Students found this activity fun and interesting but most importantly they were able to see how these subjects are relevant within the work environment. Particularly interesting was the “Job Misconceptions” activity where the students were asked to match the people with their job roles within Vauxhall.  This challenged the student’s perceptions on what are deemed typical male/female job roles and certainly caused some debate during the task.  Employability skills were also covered with students learning about CVs, the recruitment process and interview skills.

The students also had a tour of the plant to see firsthand how a production line works, the different jobs involved and how robots are used to enhance the production process.  After this the students then had the opportunity to fix parts to a Vivaro Van and it was great to see the students fully engage in this hands on activity. The day had a competitive theme and the students were scored in their groups for each task they undertook.

Dan Fox, Assistant Head teacher, Lea Manor High School

“The Candidate programme by Vauxhall really gave our students an insight into the world of work and how employers select employees.  The skills, understanding and knowledge they have gained today will serve them long into their futures when they take their first steps into the world of work.  It was a well-planned, informative and fun programme that I would encourage all schools to engage with.”

Quotes from students:

  • “Interesting, unique and fun, made me consider my future career options and thinking about my skills for the world of work.”
  • “Interesting, funny, educational, reality, hard work.”
  • “It was a good learning experience.”
  • “I got to learn many new things.”
  • “It was a fun day and I was happy that I came.”
  • “It was a great day full of information and activities.”

Futures, The National Careers Service and Develop are working collaboratively on the Careers Inspiration in Schools Programme.   The programme has been designed to enable schools to forge a link with a local employer and embed employability skills into the school curriculum.

Develop are interested in linking more employers with local schools to help enrich the curriculum.  If you are interested then please contact Jo Campion at Develop on 01525 408086 or email

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