What works in Transition Skills (Mock interviews and CV workshops)? Our findings published in a new Careers and Enterprise Company report

By Jordan Rehill, Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel and Anthony Mann

Download the full report here.


Research carried out by the research team at Education and Employers has been published in a new Careers and Enterprise Company report. The report presents new and existing evidence on the impact and delivery of transition skills events (CV workshops and Mock Interviews).

Transition skills events are focussed on improving the knowledge, attributes and skills a young person needs when navigating the jobs market and applying for jobs. Such recruitment skills – being able to present about yourself and highlight your appropriate skills in the context of a job’s requirements in what is often a stressful environment – are critical to young people’s success in obtaining employment.



What works in Transition Skills (Mock interviews and CV workshops)? Our findings published in a new Careers and Enterprise Company report

The technical report draws on a mixture of academic literature and new survey data collected by the Education and Employers research team at a number of transition skills events. The paper uses data collected from a student feedback survey, testimonies from teachers and employee volunteers as well a follow up survey of experienced practitioners, which tested the insights for best practice gathered from the other sources.


Watch Dr Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Head of Research, Education and Employers) discuss the findings


Summary of the findings

Age of Participants 

Whilst the evidence suggests that positive outcomes can be achieved across all Key Stages, there is a strong suggestion from both the literature and survey results that best outcomes can be achieved if both CV workshops and mock interviews are offered to students in year 11 or older.


Students should have the chance to take part in multiple transition skills events. In our survey of young people, we found that it was students who undertook the greatest numbers of mock interviews and CV workshops who found them to be most helpful.


Students taking part in mock interviews should have the opportunity to be interviewed by a number of different employee volunteers, preferably from different occupational sectors.


Mock interviews should be delivered as one to one practice interviews rather than as a passive talk or presentation which simply describes the process.


Employers should provide feedback on the performance of a young person.


Schools and colleges should set aside time for students to prepare before an event begins. Students regularly found mock interview sessions more useful if they have had time to prepare questions and answers prior to the event taking place.


Transition skills events should be presented or facilitated by an employer or employee volunteer from the world of work, assisted by teaching staff who know the students taking part.


Want to organise events like these in your school?

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Volunteers from Apprentices to CEOs, Archaeologists to Zoologists pledge just one hour a year to volunteer in a state school or college near where they live or work to talk to young people about their job and career route.

Teachers and volunteers are connected through a secure website. Teachers select an invite people who best meet the needs of their students from a range of sectors and professions. At the heart is volunteers talking informally about their job, career and their educational route.

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Download the full report here.