Building aspirations - sixth Young Enterprise mentoring programme launches in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Pupils from The Grange School attend the Young Enterprise Employability programme in the Auditorium, JP Morgan, Bournemouth Pupils from The Grange School attend the Young Enterprise Employability programme in the Auditorium, JP Morgan, Bournemouth

Employability, empowerment and enterprise were key words at the launch of the latest Young Enterprise programme in Dorset.

The Young Enterprise programme, now in its 6th year, has expanded into 18 schools, reaching almost 500 young people.

The programme began back in 2007 and was initially created in support of Poole council’s passion to prepare local young people for work.

Gwen Brennan-Barrass, an economic development officer from Poole who started the programme with Young Enterprise, said: “Seeing the young people involved responding to the advisor’s interaction, helping to develop their confidence and building aspirations over the eight sessions confirms the need to ensure that this type of mentoring programme is rolled out in every school across, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.”

There are now 100 local business volunteers helping to raise the aspirations of young people and equip them with the right skills and attitudes employers are looking for.

As a result of the programme last year young people have gone on to find jobs or apprenticeships, focus more at school and perform with increased confidence at interviews.

A launch event held at JP Morgan involved pupils from The Grange School, St Aldhems Academy and Blandford School. A second event at Poole Harbour Commissioners had pupils from Poole High School and Corfe Hills School.

Other schools are due to launch their programmes in January. James Robinson, a partner at PrinceCroft Willis who has been an adviser for many years, said: “As an employer we look for the skills that the programme covers.

Young people not only learn about employment but about themselves, their goals, ambitions and aspirations.

“We are proud to be involved and fully support the programme.”

A few more volunteers are still urgently needed, full training and support is offered. if you think you can help inspire the next generation please contact hannah.cook@y-e.org.uk

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