A SPECIAL school and an technology education company have joined forces to provide career support and insight to pupils.

Blackburn-based Crosshill Special School and technology firm Promethean have come together to provide mentoring for students, arrange interview practice sessions and setting up mock interviews.

Lindsey Towers, wellbeing officer at the Haslingden Road school, said: "Our focus is on youth and IT and careers for our year 10 and 11 students.

"With an emphasis on IT within education and careers, we sought help from Promethean due to its work in the educational sphere and the valuable life lessons we hoped they could teach our students about the working world.

"We are looking forward to Promethean coming into our school and helping our students to develop interview skills and careers preparation that will help them throughout school and beyond into post education."

The school caters for students aged between 11 and 19 with learning difficulties.

Ian Curtis, from the company, based at the Whitebirk Industrial Estate, said: "As a Blackburn-based company, we are passionate about the local community and are proud of our heritage.

"Committed to education and delivering solutions that support the teaching and learning experience, partnering with Crosshill Special School is a fantastic opportunity to help the students to gain valuable life skills and find out what it takes to get into this industry.

"We are thrilled to partner with the school to provide additional careers support and mock interviews for the students as this practical life experience is essential to their futures.

"We are looking forward to working with the school and giving something back to our local community."