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Students Work With Top Business Mentors

Students attend mentoring programme aiming to understand and improve resilience and emplyability skills

A group of students were given a boost to their ambitions this term by attending a mentoring programme to help them find ways to improve their academic performance and make them better potential employees.  Ten students were identified to take part in the mentoring programme over a six week period.  

The aim is to help them with improve their academic outcomes and give them experience of working with established, successful role models from the world of work.  Each student was paired with a mentor from companies including Yorkshire Building Society, KeepMoat, Yorkshire County Cricket club, The University of Leeds and design company Cool Beans Creative.  

Through the mentoring programme the group have enjoyed sessions in school as well as visits to their mentors' work places including a KeepMoat building site and the home or Yorkshire County Cricket Club at Headingley.  Using the external mentors own developed skills in the workplace, the sessions highlight to the students what they need to work on, to develop their skills and reach the higher level of achievement than they are currently predicted.  

Paul McLaughlin, Work-Readiness Coordinator at Grange said:  "The aim is to help the students them gain skills in team work, resilience, interview technique and improved communication skills, all with the over-arching goal of making them more employable."

"We are delighted to be working with Ahead Partnership and building links with our primary parter Yorkshire Building Society as well as others who are bringing a breadth of experience for the students to tap into."

"This has been a great opportunity for the students to learn from mentors who are successful professionals in their respective areas of industry."

The mentoring programme is one of many opportunities offered by our partners Ahead Partnership aimed at enhancing employablity skills through their Make the Grade programme.