Career help for Sunderland school children

Philip King a mentoring professional.
Philip King a mentoring professional.
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A WEARSIDE company is taking mentoring into the classroom to help young people with future career choices.

Mentoring Professional Ltd, based in Sunderland, has delivered its first sessions to schoolchildren, which proved a success.

As the UK faces a skills shortage across many industries, Mentoring Professional’s workshops are aimed at encouraging 11 to 16-year-olds to raise their aspirations and explore further education and training in an effort to increase their opportunities and broaden the country’s future skilled workforce.

Launched at the University of Sunderland’s Enterprise Place by academic Philip King, the company employs up to 50 industry professionals, who, having completed training provided by the company’s team, are able to deliver workshops directly to pupils.

The first workshops in leadership and change, public health and civil engineering, were held at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool and were praised by both pupils and staff.

Assistant headteacher Laura Ovens said: “Mentoring Professional forced many pupils to think about where they want to be next, about their GCSE choices and how they will achieve their goals in the future.”

Company director, Philip said: “It was great to engage these young people and leave a lasting impression. There are very tangible and applicable messages behind all of the sessions that we deliver. It’s always about giving the students real-life examples from experienced professionals currently working in industry.”

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