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The Basildon Academies

MENTORING PROJECT SUCCESS!

Congratulations to the group of Year 9 students who successfully completed the 60 Minute Mentoring Programme!

Over the last 3 terms, members of the group were mentored by a host of professionals from local industry and the business community who all dedicated their time to provide students with an insight into the business world. In addition, they supported individuals in gaining a better understanding of the workplace by encouraging them to think about their future. The key focus was to develop an understanding of the skills and qualifications required for specific careers.

Students were tasked with independently researching their dream job and enhancing their listening and communication skills. Often students stepped out of their comfort zones, taking on challenges that they would previously have found extremely daunting, such as presenting to an adult audience. In recognition of the students’ achievements and to mark the completion of the programme, the group were invited to attend a prestigious celebration event at South Essex College, Southend. This was a phenomenal opportunity for our students to meet with their peers from other schools and celebrate their achievements.

During the event, motivational speaker Action Jackson gave a powerful speech with the focus on trying new things and asking for help.

Two of our students, Harley Gordon and Katie Lodge received a ‘Rising Star’ award for their outstanding and positive interaction during the programme. Both students showed that they can go forward and become successful in the career paths they researched.

Mentor, Graeme Sargood, a Construction Manager based in Southend, was full of praise for our students; “Taking part in this event was hugely gratifying and tremendously rewarding. The students who took part were dynamic and energetic and I found the project utterly compelling.”

“I found the project really interesting it allowed me to discover the job of a Horticultural Therapist.” Paige Foakes – Year 9

“Working with our mentors was really fun, beneficial and inspiring.” Neve Croft – Year 9