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Students advised that social media activity can affect their job prospects

Students at Queensbury School were given valuable advice from Yorkshire Water about how their use of social media can affect their job prospects during a workshop which was also attended by Judith Cummins MP for Bradford South.

The workshop is part of the Building My Skills year-long employability programme, facilitated by Esh Group, which provides students with an introduction to the world of work through regular, timetabled business engagement sessions as part of the curriculum.

The Building My Skills mechanic is simple and effective. Esh Group’s corporate partners, companies in its supply chain and like-minded businesses run a series of workshops designed to improve the skills of students, allowing them to gain unrestricted access to insight from experienced business professionals. The programme has no costs to schools, clients or local authorities and promotes a range of job roles in different sectors. It also helps students complete a portfolio of essential documents required to access the workplace, and provides mock interview experience.

On Thursday 10 November, Yorkshire Water colleagues delivered a session at Queensbury School explaining how the students appear on social media can affect their job prospects. Adam Smith and Bethany Crawford explained that employers like Yorkshire Water often look at the Twitter and Facebook profiles of candidates when they receive a CV. A candidate’s online activity, like the photographs, their status and the comments they post, can affect whether or not they get an interview or a job offer.

Emily Brady, Yorkshire Water Public Affairs Adviser said, “We also benefit from these sessions as we can promote all the different career options, like our apprentice and graduate programmes, we have at Yorkshire Water. We hope to broaden the students’ minds about possible future employment and our colleagues will deliver seven more sessions at schools in Bradford, Skipton, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Leeds throughout the rest of this school year.”

19 schools in Yorkshire are participating in the programme this academic year.

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