In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle an Employability awards evening was organised by Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School which was held at the Oswaldtwistle Civic theatre on Wednesday 23 April 2014. The photo taken by Franco Sanna shows left to right: Joanne Bury, Doreen Lawton (President of the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle, Paul Trickett (Headteacher), Sara Greenhalgh (student and winner of a punctuality award) and Mike Duxbury.

The hall was packed with year 11 students and their friends and families to receive the awards and listen to presentations.

Rhyddings has an excellent record of its students performing well in examinations, however it also recognises the importance of preparing students for the quickly growing, and changing employment market.

The Employability Award looks at 6 key areas; attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning, business interviews, CV and voluntary community service.

Students achieving a high performance in all 6 areas were awarded a gold certificate and silver to those passing in 5 areas. This scheme had created much interest during their final year and it was apparent that students had strived to meet the criteria and as a result 59 gold and 33 silver awards were presented during the evening.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide colleges, training providers and prospective employers with information about the capabilities and achievements of the students in their search for employment.

Those students who had performed with great excellence were awarded with engraved trophies and these were presented to: John Forsyth, Josh Baldwin, Matt Baldwin, Alison Leeming, Sara Greenhalgh, Aneesa Khan, Rebecca Collinson, Jamila Digankar and Oliver Dewhurst.

Mike Duxbury, ex Manchester United and England footballer was the main guest and gave an inspirational talk recalling his time in football and how that had developed from his dreams as a youngster in Accrington.

The Mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison also gave a very inspiring talk to the students about their future careers. She also talked of her pride in the school, being in Oswaldtwistle where she lives.

Headteacher, Paul Trickett, spoke of his pride in leading Rhyddings and paid tribute to Joanne Bury of the school, who had spearheaded this Partnership which embraced the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle.

This project also involves and is fully supported by Training 2000, Accrington and Rossendale College, Blackburn College, North Lancs Training Group and Burnley College.

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