WA:UK Partners in Business with Oldham College

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

On Friday 31st January, 6 excited Webbies travelled to Oldham College to meet a range of first year students as part of the Partners in Business Programme. Aimed at 16-19 year olds, this involves businessmen and women meeting with students of Oldham College, acting as their mentor for around 18 months.

Web Applications UK believes it is important to encourage the next generation of employees, and the Partners in Business programme allows the mentor to act as an advisor, critical friend and a general support to the student. We are keen to become positive role models in our local community, giving back to the town where we work.

The mentors will generally meet with their students a couple of times per term, aiming for about 10 times over 18 months. The meetings are informal and can be in a café, library, place of work or any where the student feels comfortable. The sessions will focus on three main areas; reflection, development and support. They will cover a range of topics including CV and interview techniques, employability skills and future goals and aspirations.

Not only will this scheme give the students the necessary skills to be work ready, but it will also allow them to develop vital life skills including decision making, goal setting and conflict resolution. On top of this, the student will build a relationship with a mentor who will be there to listen, support and empower them in their studies and lives in general.

Project Manager Kerry met with her student last week and said: “It’s useful for the students as they can gain a valuable insight into the working world before they find themselves in the position of looking for work. Hopefully they’ll be able to benefit from some of the decisions we’ve made that weren’t necessarily right and improve their chances of getting in further education if they want or finding a job”. She went on to say “It’s also nice for us to feel like we are giving something back to the next generation – makes me feel old saying that”.

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