PUPILS will be given a taste of the business world when a former Apprentice star lends them her expertise.
Students from Belmont Community School will be mentored by Melody Hossaini, who reached week 10 in series seven of the popular BBC TV show, which sees entrepreneurs battling it out for a job with Sir Alan Sugar.
The 26-year-old law graduate, who speaks five languages, runs her own business InspirEngage International, which specialises in skills development bootcamps for young people.
Sherburn-based Pc Waheed Mughal, who had already taken a role in developing a project with Belmont Community School, approached Melody to get involved with the school.
Pc Mughal said: “I had been watching The Apprentice for a few weeks and it suddenly occurred to me that Melody’s company might be able to provide what we were after.”
The project is a joint initiative funded by Durham County Council, Safe Durham partnership and the Durham Agency Against Crime.
Over the next four months, Melody’s company will work with the school on a scheme to integrate students into community-based projects, enhance their own abilities, raise their business awareness and develop team-building skills.
Pc Mughal added: “There was nothing to lose by making a basic enquiry so I sent her an e-mail outlining what we were after. She came back to me very quickly and I am thrilled we are now at the stage where we are virtually ready to launch.
“The young people involved will take a great deal from this scheme and in time it should bring benefits to the whole community.”
The proposed plan went before the student council and it is hoped the project will run until next April, with plans to establish it on a long-term basis.
Melody said: “I am delighted that InspirEngage International will be working with Durham Police to support the young people in developing their skills to achieve their vision, and in turn improving the community as a whole.
“I very much look forward to the weeks ahead and the delivery of the InspirEngage Skills Bootcamps.”