Crawshaw Academy mentoring success for the sixth year

crawshaw mentoring 2017

Year 9 students from Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey, Leeds have completed their sixth Make the Grade mentoring programme with business volunteers from Zenith, aql, Aramark and thebigword.

A dozen students took part in the mentoring where they were able to learn from volunteers to boost their confidence for future success.

The mentoring is made up of six sessions over six months and started in October 2016. Each session is delivered by the mentors at their workplace and includes 1:1 time with their mentee. The sessions this year included a networking masterclass, a key employability skills interactive workshop with Zenith, resilience training and teambuilding with thebigword and an enhancing communication session.

Each student was presented with a special award for completing the programme, with fantastic results recorded from the young people and business volunteers that took part.

Peter King, our Project Coordinator for this year's programme, said: "The students have increased in confidence and self-belief since the start of the programme and are more focused on their futures than ever before.

"100% of the students that took part said it has improved their motivation to work hard at school and they now know the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. 

"The business volunteers brought imagination and creativity to the design of their sessions, and really carefully applied what they know from industry and the world of work to help students get a better understanding.

"We're really looking forward to delivering another mentoring programme to a new group of students at Crawshaw Academy next academic year."

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