The Level 3 students came up with the idea after being tasked as part of their course to manage a business event, starting with the concept and then planning and hosting it through planning, marketing, budgeting and risk assessment.
All the roles and responsibilities were divided equally between the group.
First year Level 3 student, Kieran Crorkin, from Mere, said: “When discussing ideas, it became clear that most of us hadn’t had enough direction in school about how to write a good CV.
“From applying to university to getting your first job, being able to build a CV for yourself is a life skill we should all have and we wanted to share this with students across Salisbury.”
Using resources from Let’s Get A Job Life Skills created with Barclays, the learners put together a 17-page workbook compiling of top-tips, do’s and don’ts and word puzzles to work through with the classes in a one-hour session.
Jane Mackay, who is the Careers and Personal Development Officer at South Wilts Girls School,said: “I thank the students for their time and effort, it all went very well and it was a brave thing to do.”
Challenged with managing a class of peers, the Business students soon realised just how much the experience taught them.
Second year Level 3 student Emily Northcote said: “The project has helped us improve skills such as time management, public speaking, communication, team work, problem solving and planning, but it hasn’t been easy – the hardest part was getting the students to listen!”
Throughout the course, Business students study units ranging from marketing and promotion, finance and the economy, to effective team work and communications as well as taking part in community projects and completing 90 hours of work experience over a two-year period gaining valuable, transferable skills in every unit.