Here at Clarion we will once again be sharing our expertise with students across Leeds as part of two mentoring programmes.
The first of which is working with school children as part of the Ahead Partnership’s ‘Making the Grade’ mentoring programme. This is an innovative and widely-acclaimed education business programme, with schools, colleges and universities to improve outcomes through long-term, creative partnerships with business. The programme facilitates the delivery of comprehensive and targeted activities between employers and young people which demonstrate the relevance of learning to future working life, raise careers awareness, and shape the skills and attitudes required of young people by employers
Clarion is paired with two local schools, The Co-operative Academy of Leeds and Horsforth School and a number of the Clarion team are working as a group of mentors to help Year 10 students recognise why GCSEs are so important for any line of work.
The aims of the Make the Grade mentoring programme are to help young people:
- Raise their standards and engagement
- Increase their aspirations and confidence
- Understand the benefits of working
- Increase their knowledge of work and routes into employment
- Increase their knowledge of further/higher education
The programme has been designed to impact gifted and talented students in Year 10 who lack confidence.
Sessions are generally themed and include activities that vary from icebreaker and team activities to presentations and role plays. Each session includes one-to-one time between the mentor and the mentee and at the end of the programme, feedback evaluation data is collected to monitor student progress. Full support is given by Ahead Partnership and topics covered include University, CV writing and Interview tips.
One of our volunteers said "Working on the mentoring programme has been a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening experience for me. I feel that the process has been a positive experience in their lives and could make a real long term difference on their future. The experience has also helped me to develop my own skills, by having to adapt to different personalities and perspectives to provide encouragement and motivation. It was also great to be able to share experiences and techniques with other mentors during the sessions and learn from how other businesses deliver solutions."
Our second mentoring link is with the BPP Access to Practice Mentoring Scheme in Leeds, which is a national mentoring scheme organised by BPP Careers Service.
The aim of this scheme is to ensure that through working with their mentors, students will be better placed to build a network in the legal community. The mentors act as an additional source of advice and support in making effective applications for training contracts.
Our Head of HR, Helen Saunders, said “Mentoring provides an incredibly rewarding opportunity to build long term relationships with young people to coach and guide them during a formative time in their lives. Mentoring is also an opportunity for volunteer employees to develop their own skills in areas such leadership, communication and coaching, which is something we actively encourage at Clarion as part of their personal development. We’re happy to play a part in encouraging bright young talent into the legal profession through both of these schemes.”