In late 2015 we were asked to develop a six month coaching scheme for Sixth Form students in London taking place between January and July 2016.
Always keen to work with the wider community, the Prudential partnered up with us and the Transformation Trust to help staff from all levels of the Pru to work with a group of 60 Year 12 students (aged 16-17) and support their personal development through monthly lunchtime sessions with the employees at the City Offices of the Insurer.
We designed a series of six sessions – including training for the 30 staff who signed up – so that the young people could be mentored in the sessions as part of a development group. The mixing of ages, experiences, skills and aspiration is all covered in the activities which we’ll facilitate for the professionals so that they can share their skills as fully as possible.
Students will complete the programme with fab CVs, improved confidence, a LinkedIn profile, interview skills and practice and an insight into many of the job roles in professional services.
At the end of the 2016 cohort we took some feedback and the following comments were noted:
“It has allowed me to be more confident when meeting employers” male student.
“It has prepared me much more for future jobs and interviews” male student.
“I have learnt new skills and had good examples by employers” male student.
“[the programme has helped] my confidence going into the real world” female student.
“I have got so much more confident and more passionate…It has been a great opportunity” female student.
“I am now more familiar with the business environment” female student.
“It gives a reality check to the situation you are applying for…well done, thanks” female student.
“I have more experience in initiating conversations now that I have gained confidence” female student.
And 86% of respondents feel the programme has prepared them better for life after sixth form.
We’re looking forward to hearing on the Closed LinkedIn group how the Class of 2016 students’ futures are progressing.