Derbyshire firm Wildgoose Construction has been praised for its role in a business mentoring scheme designed to raise the aspirations of students at a Sheffield school.
Jackie Elson, assistant to the Business Development, Sales and Marketing Manager at Wildgoose, based in Alfreton, has been taking part in sessions at Ecclesfield School over the past six months.
She was responsible for mentoring three Year 10 students and focused on developing skills, characteristics, qualities and attitudes required for the transition from secondary education into apprenticeships, employment with training, or further education.
The scheme was run in partnership with the Sheffield Enterprise Advisor Network and representatives from various businesses took part including Keir, the Home Office, Academics Limited, Crucible Sales and Lettings and Sheffield City Council.
Sean Hollingworth, Business and Community Engagement Manager at Ecclesfield School, thanked Wildgoose for being involved in the project, which is set to continue in the new school year.
He said: “This was a brand new initiative to help equip our Y10 students with the skills and attributes needed to succeed in life beyond Ecclesfield
“The aim of the mentoring program is to help students make the connection between learning in school and the real world, to help develop the skills and attributes needed for success. Hopefully students will be able to draw on their experience of the mentoring program, as they progress through Y11 and beyond, helping them make more informed choices about their future career.
“The input and commitment from mentors, such as Jackie Elson from Wildgoose Construction Ltd is invaluable. Their ability to transfer knowledge, skills and inspire students to take ownership of their future, cannot be underestimated. As school staff we can talk for hours about the importance of having the right skills set and attitude to learning however students here it from us day in day out.
“They respond much better to those who they can see have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. One word from a mentor can be word a thousand from us, and it is for that reason we really do appreciated employers allowing staff to take part in such programs. It really does make a difference. Thankyou to Jackie and all the staff at Wildgoose.”
Jackie said she hoped that the programme had been beneficial to the students involved.
She said: “It was an absolute honour to be part of this scheme, it was well organised and rewarding. And on a personal level, the three students were a delight to work with, and I hope that they go onto greater things and their aspirations are achieved.”