SUNDERLAND’S Bridges shopping centre is doing its bit to prepare the workers of the future.
Retail liaison manager John Green is the latest recruit to sign up to Sunderland University’s Professional Mentoring scheme.
“This is the first time I’ve done it,” he said.
“It is an opportunity to engage with local students, to form a bridge between employers and students and hopefully to assist them in their future career.”
John already has some experience of working with young people but not at higher education level.
“I have worked with local primary schools and colleges through Land Securities in the last few years. It is something the company is very interested in and I find it very rewarding.”
He has already been to an induction meeting at the university, where he came face to face with other people who have signed up to the scheme.
“There were a few other people there and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the other businesspeople involved,” said John.
Louise Dixon, the university’s Professional Mentoring Scheme Manage, said: “These sessions will benefit our students greatly.
“Hopefully the experience will motivate them to take a pro-active approach to their own employability by taking ownership of their career planning.
“The scheme starts to roll out next month and ideally we are looking to recruit 100 mentors, but any more would even better.
“Already we’ve had interest from at least 70 per cent of those who took part last year.
“The feedback from them and the students has been tremendous.”
On registering, mentors will be provided with dates of forthcoming induction sessions.
They have been carefully planned to ensure mentors fully understand what to expect from their involvement and provide an excellent opportunity for networking with other mentors.
During three one-hour sessions spread over the course of an academic year, students will hear from those who have gained extensive experience in the world of work.
To register, or find out more, contact Louise by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 515 3555.