Building My Skills Mock Interview day helps students prepare for their future

One of the largest ‘Mock Interview’ days in the UK has successfully provided students in the North East with essential career guidance.

Esh Group hosted one of the largest ‘Mock Interview’ days in the UK at Newcastle Eagles Community Arena on Wednesday 5th June. The event saw over 1,000 students from all 12 local authorities of the North East and Teesside participate in a mock interview with 180 business guests volunteering their time to put students through their paces.

The annual event is the culmination of the ninth instalment of the Building My Skills initiative, a year-long employability skills, information and guidance programme which provides students with a rounded introduction to the world of work through 5 timetabled sessions, each delivered by a different business guest.

The free programme boasts a range of regional, national and international brands including Accenture, Bernicia, PwC, Northumbrian Water Group, Lloyds Bank, Hilton Hotel, Mediaworks, Visualsoft and the NHS.

Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Jamie Driscoll, who was in attendance, praised the event. He said: “This practise is great because when kids are going through school, often their school work doesn’t seem to have that direct connection with what they’re going to be doing in their lives and an experience like this is one of the best ways we can prepare kids for the future.”

Andy Radcliffe, Esh Group’s Chief Executive, added: “The event was extremely successful. It was a great way for young people to have a realistic experience of what they can expect in future interview situations and make connections with employers for future placements and apprenticeships.”

“We encourage participation, collaboration and innovation both socially and commercially – Building My Skills, the Group’s longest running programme embodies all three and its legacy is something Esh and all our business partners can be very proud of.”

Paul Carbert, Policy Adviser at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, praised the event. He said: “We were delighted to support the Mock Interview Day and take part in the interview panels, and it was fantastic to see so many other Chamber members getting involved as well.

“The young people who have completed the Building My Skills programme have improved their employability skills and knowledge of the world of work, and this is thanks to the commitment and support of Esh Group and their business partners.”

Esh Group and the three founding business partners Ryder, Arup and Turner & Townsend are now planning the 10th instalment of the multi award-winning programme which will launch in September 2019, engaging an estimated 14,000 students from 70 schools – their largest cohort to date.

For more information on the programme, and to get involved please contact a member of Esh Group’s Social Value team via our contact centre –

I really enjoyed the programme, it has changed my view on what employers want and expect from young people, I’ve seen behind the scenes of some big businesses and heard about job roles I didn’t know existed.”

Aimee Moffat, The King Edward VI School, Northumberland