Students learn employability skills at the Royal Oak

Grace Witherden

Students from Holyport College took part in a special workshop at The Royal Oak on Tuesday.

The programme aims to teach young adults employability skills including CV writing, team leading and presentation skills.

More than 20 students joined the pub in Paley Street for the classes.

MEDaL (Meet, Eat, Drink and Learn) is an employability programme which benefits students who do not want to go into further or higher education.

The programme is run by Professor Jo Andrews who teaches at Birmingham University.

Jo said: “The programme is a pilot venture which began in two pubs in the Midlands.

“It derives from the pub in the hub initiative which was set up in 2001.

“We teach students employability skills such as team leading, team building and communication.

“I contacted Holyport College and they were interested, I think the students are enjoying it.”

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