Business experts help pupils prepare for work

July 17, 2013 2:28 pm

Representatives from Ashfield & Mansfield’s Shared Regeneration Service and Mansfield District Council have been using their business experience and knowledge to help pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy to develop their employability skills ready for when they leave school.

Business mentors at Queen Elizabeth's AcademyCharlotte Henshaw

Regeneration Manager Paul Thomas and Regeneration Project Officer Helen Dennis, both from Ashfield & Mansfield’s Shared Regeneration Service, and Mansfield District Councillor Roger Sutcliffe helped Year 10 pupils prepare for the world of work by increasing their knowledge and awareness of employer expectations. The project is part of the Council’s Enterprising Mansfield – Me2Work Project, which ran over three days at the school.

Mansfield District Council is funding and leading the project in partnership with Mansfield Learning Partnership, which is being delivered by ideas4careers.  The focus is on improving the enterprise and employability skills of young people attending secondary schools across the Mansfield District. Representatives from local businesses acted as business mentors providing support to the pupils over the three days, helping to improve the link between schools and local businesses.

The pupils participated in a range of workshops such as networking with the business mentors, problem-solving activities, CV writing and presentation skills. The project also featured guest speakers including Cllr Sutcliffe and British Paralympic Swimmer Charlotte Henshaw.

Cllr Sutcliffe, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, spoke about apprenticeships by drawing on his personal experience. After leaving school, he became an apprentice in engineering and gradually moved his way up to Managing Director of an engineering company and using this experience he discussed the value of apprenticeships and the importance of making the right career choices.

Kate Gannon, a teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, who organised the school’s participation in the project said: “The Academy is delighted to be involved in the Me2Work Project. It is a great opportunity for our young people to work alongside local employers and gain a real insight into the skills required for today’s workplace.”

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “Making sure that school pupils have the right skills and knowledge for when they leave school is vital. The Me2Work Project is a fantastic opportunity for school pupils in Mansfield to learn from local business mentors and develop the tools to move successfully from school into employment, training or further education.” 

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