Mock interviews have been hosted at All Saints Academy for Year 10s.

Representatives from local businesses went into All Saints Academy on April 8 to give Year 10 pupils an opportunity to apply for a selection of roles and take part in a mock interview.

The objective of the day was to help the pupils gain confidence in speaking to employers, learn how to answer questions, develop interview strategies, improve communication skills, and to help reduce any stress before their first genuine interview.

This is the first time the school has hosted a day like this, and they intend to do so again every year from now on.

Feedback from the employers was very positive with one interviewer commenting: "It was great to see the enthusiasm and confidence of the students and how some of them already have a good idea of what they want to do and how they intend to get there."

Another said: "It was interesting to see what this generation has to bring to the table and how they interact with adults and professionals".

Lt Colonel Matt Smith who interviewed pupils interested in joining the forces said: "Overall a really positive and enjoyable day.

"It was great to meet such well-presented pupils.

"The question of who would I hire is difficult as I could see a number of the candidates having good careers within the military!"

All Saints Academy would like to thank all those involved in making the day a success: Adrienne Bennett from Adrienne's hair design; Anthea Thornton from Santander; Jordan Wright from JJ Wright Creative; Dominique Manasseri from Nicetta; Ashley Perry, Chef Lecturer from Weymouth College; Celia Rushton from Dorset Council; Daniel Corney from FASA; Helen Bull and Wendy Phillips from Employability and Careers; Jason Hughes from Seetec Pluss; Dr Jonathan de Kretser and Dr Arthur Wilson from NHS; Kim Newstead from Weatherspoons; Steve Phillips from Magna; Lt Col Matt Smith from the British Army; Loreliei from Saint Nics Hair Lounge; Janek Tarnawski from The Careers and Enterprise Company.