Pupils from a North Belfast secondary school received an important lesson in job hunting at a special event at their school this week. On Monday (February 20) Year 13 and 14 pupils at Our Lady of Mercy Girls School Girls’ school went head-to-head in a realistic recruitment drive.

But instead of battling it out for a job, up for grabs was an iPod and a Kindle eReader.

Educational consultancy eye4education ran the day-long recruitment event, which included application forms, aptitude tests, group interviews and one-to-one interviews. Ten local employers also attended the event to interview the students.

Pupils Danielle Connolly and Nicola Warwick were the successful students who were ‘hired’ and got to take away the prizes.

Teacher Kate Calumarte said it was a thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial day for all  the students who took part.

Meanwhile this Monday (February 27) Year 13 and 14 students will be walking up Cavehill for a charity event to raise funds for a past pupils’ father who is ill. The pupils have already raised almost £400.