Sunderland business support group on the look-out for mentors

Janine Marshall, RTC North and Michelle Rainbow, North East LEP.
Janine Marshall, RTC North and Michelle Rainbow, North East LEP.
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Sunderland business support agency RTC North is looking for business people to go back to school.

The organisation has been awarded a contract from the government-backed Careers and Enterprise Company to lead a programme which supports young people across the North East and brings together industry and schools through mentoring.

We want to bring more employers on board, and warmly invite local businesspeople to join this mentoring programme to help transform the futures of young people in their community.

Janine Marshall

The employer mentoring programme focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, and builds on the STEM Ambassador contract which RTC North has been leading for 11 years in County Durham and Tees Valley.

RTC is now developing the STEM Ambassador Hub North East by bringing in business people to encourage and inspire students and has successfully signed up more than 1,200 ambassadors but aims to add 200 more

Michelle Rainbow, skills for business manager at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s clear we need to think and act locally to create and strengthen a workforce with skills clearly linked to the North East economy and its key sectors.

“The employer mentoring and STEM ambassador hub programme led by RTC North places an emphasis on the role of employers in skills provision. With these major programmes we now have key players across the region working closely together to help to drive growth through the capabilities of highly skilled people, trained and working in the North East.”

RTC North’s Janine Marshall is leading the North East employer mentoring programme. She said: “We want to bring more employers on board, and warmly invite local businesspeople to join this mentoring programme to help transform the futures of young people in their community.”

RTC is working with partners including the Science Learning Partnerships, North East LEP, Tees Valley Unlimited, Computing at Schools and Maths Hubs.

Anyone who would like to join the mentoring programme or become an ambassador should contact Janine on 0191 516 4400, e-mail Janine.marshall@rtcnorth.co.uk