Three year 11 Oathall students, Toby Clifford, Ed Curtis and Jack Heslop, along with students from other local schools, have been involved in the development of a new online employability advice website called Take OFF ‘Our Future First’. 

Oathall Community College at the launch of Take OFF Take OFF is set to become a powerful tool to help school students and other young people to develop skills that employers are looking for in future candidates.  This online resource offers top tips on how to look and apply for jobs, how to deliver the perfect interview and understanding what employers expect from young people joining their business.

The site is hosted within the advice section of GatwickDiamondJobs.com and is available for all local schools, colleges and young people to access.    The Take OFF brand was created by the group of students aged 14 to 19 who devised an airport based theme.  They worked in partnership with a number of organisations in the Gatwick Diamond who provide an insight into employability skills and routes into jobs in the area’s key growth sectors.  Key resources include interviews with local hiring managers and business people with knowledge of the local markets.

Toby Clifford said: ‘This has been a great opportunity to have input in the development of an employability advice website aimed at people my age.  I have had fun designing and coming up with the themes and content of the site along with the other creative designers.  I had an amazing time interviewing employers so that young people will be able to hear things from their point of view.’