SLOUGH ASPIRE NEWS 

 
 

 THE ASPIRE SESSIONS  POSTED BY AMELIA PLAISTER: DECEMBER 2016 

 
 
 
 

This November 79 Business students from East Berkshire College joined 8 Business volunteers to find out how to get and be successful in employment. Our Business volunteers run interactive workshops on CVs, Linked In, job searching, applying for jobs, personal resilience and how to be successful at work. 

 
 
This November, Slough Aspire welcomed 79 students from East Berkshire College to the Aspire Centre to improve their employability skills and job readiness. Working in small groups led by a business volunteer, students were able to discover more about CVs, job searching, interview techniques, being successful in work and how to create a Linked In profile. 
 
Student Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many references to the motivational support from the business volunteers and the benefits of working with those volunteers in small groups.  
 
Highlights from the feedback: 
 
“The talks with different employees about what is expected from us and what to expect in the workplace” 
 
“Talks were full of new information and I liked the fact that it was from very experienced people” 
 
“Help to finding jobs and getting noticed” 
 
“Learning about what business wanted from you and what you should do to increase your chances of being employed” 
 
“Don was very helpful and made it interesting and more enjoyable” 
 
“I have learnt some new techniques that I could use at an interview” 
 
“I enjoyed learning about the different sides of applying for a job” 
 
“It was good to get an insight on people with important jobs and learning about their struggles and how they achieved their goals” 
 
“Speaking in the smaller groups allowed us to ask questions” 
 
“I enjoyed everything especially the talk on how to improve my CV”  
 
 
“Many of the individuals were working in industries that I am looking at. The individuals were all helpful in giving advice and sharing their experience.” 
 
“Talks were full of new information and I liked the fact that it was from very experienced people” 
 
“Learning new techniques and ways to be more successful in finding jobs” 
 
“Getting to know all the business people who came and what you could do on LinkedIn” 
 
“Lots of interaction with the business people, Claire was very enthusiastic and open” 
 
“I have learnt some new techniques that I could use at an interview” 
 
“Knowing what employers expect when hiring” 
 
“I liked talking to Steve Doyle, he helped me.” 
 
“Speaking to different people with different careers and how much employment means to them” 
 
“It was constructive and helped me to find out new things about business” 
 
A huge thank you to all our business volunteers: 
 
Danny White of Style Acre, Alice Frances of Approach HR, Don Evangelista of Evreham Consulting, Nia Cannon from NatWest. Steve Doyle of 3 Degrees Social, Claire Edwards of Brain Smart, and Ilinca Mardarescu and Stephen Puri of Aston Bond.