Students from Saint Paul’s have been taking part in the ‘Inspire to Aspire’ mentoring programme with Salford Foundation. The scheme aims to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities of students by linking them with mentors from local businesses.
The main aim of the mentoring programme is to enable students to discover the skills and attitudes needed to successfully transition from education into the world of work. Through interactive activities and discussions, volunteer business mentors have been sharing their stories and helping equip students with the essential skills needed for work.
The students have built skills in team work, time management, self-awareness and resilience, communication and problem solving. At the end of the programme, the students put their new skills into practice before completing the programme with a celebration session held at Thermatic, their mentors’ place of work.
Mrs Shields said: “The programme has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn some extremely valuable information and life skills and, at the same time, raise their aspirations.”
Mr Hren, Head Teacher, explained: “Our students found this to be a very valuable programme where they were able to gain a great deal of inspiration and advice from their mentors. Students were able to broaden their horizons and aspirations and are extremely motivated to work hard and do well.”