Great Cornard pupils are ready for the world of work

AHEAD OF THE QUEUE: Great Cornard Upper School pupils who displayed the skills needed by top employers were presented with their Employment 4 Life certificates on Monday by headteacher Wayne Lloyd (far left) and deputy headteacher Andy Samways (far right).
AHEAD OF THE QUEUE: Great Cornard Upper School pupils who displayed the skills needed by top employers were presented with their Employment 4 Life certificates on Monday by headteacher Wayne Lloyd (far left) and deputy headteacher Andy Samways (far right).

PUPILS from Great Cornard who have the qualities demanded by the area’s largest employers have been presented with certificates.

The Employability 4 Life awards were handed out to 31 Year 11 pupils who collected evidence of good attendance, appearance, communication, motivation and professional conduct outside their school work.

Craig Howe, advanced skills teacher at the school, said: “This is totally separate from the academic side of school and focuses on things like clubs and teams.

“They don’t have a single lesson – it’s about what they do in their own time.”

The Suffolk County Council scheme, which is recognised by employers – including Delphi, Nestlé Purina and Philips Avent – awarded 10 bronze certificates, two silver and 19 gold. The pupils are the first in the county to complete the scheme.

Georgia Butterworth-Bowman, 16, from Leavenheath, said: “I’m glad that I‘ve been able to be involved and am very proud of achieving gold.”

Kath Ridealgh, 14 to 19 advisor at the council, said: “We are very proud of these youngsters, who are the successful pioneers being the first to attain the award and have opened the floodgates for the rest.”

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