Form the Future is a local social enterprise initiative which connects schools and businesses to help students prepare for their careers. Students gain insight, skills and experience whilst businesses can invest in their future workforce.
Long Road Vice Principal Steve Dann and Careers Manager Andy Goodwin have been working with Form the Future to set up a mentoring scheme for our students. Andy explains:
“Twenty students were given the opportunity to take part in the project, which started with a mentee training session. This was run by Inspector Steve Kerridge, a member of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary (who have been working closely with Form the Future). The focus was on what students can expect and how the project will be run, preparing them for their first meeting with a Mentor.
“The next event was the first meeting between mentors and mentees. Mentors were drawn from not just the police force but also science and professional / business organisations and companies, and carefully matched against criteria that students identified as key to their future. This allows the programme to draw on a broad range of experience and insight from the world of work, and aims to help students make sense of what lies ahead. We also hope it will empower them to take realistic steps towards achieving appropriate progression goals. Working at a pace which suits the students, they set an agenda for their meetings and establish their own goals whilst their mentors draw upon their experience and professional contacts to give the best possible guidance and support they can.
“There will be three further meetings between mentors and mentees, taking place on a one-to-one basis every six weeks. This will be a short-term relationship as research shows that more concise and carefully-targeted mentoring relationships are ultimately more productive.
“We are extremely grateful to Form the Future, the Cambridgeshire Constabulary and our mentors for giving up their time to invest in our students’ futures and look forward to seeing the outcomes.”