Paul Healy, the Young People’s Employment Programme Coordinator at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, is the winner of the Citi Volunteer of 2017 Award for the North East and Yorkshire & Humberside. Here, he shares his experience of mentoring, supervising interns, and how he has been able to give young people the skills and experience to kick-start a successful future.
Mentoring a young person is extremely rewarding and insightful. It has given me an understanding of how our young people sometimes miss the opportunity to sell themselves. A key part of my role is to sit down and gather as much information about their journey to date as possible – likes and dislikes, work experience, volunteering, hobbies and any claims to fame – this is the foundation to build from.
Being able to work with young people has helped me to see that they often just need a fresh perspective to help them promote their achievements in a professional way.
My proudest Career Ready achievement has been watching Amy progress and flourish during her internship with us a couple of years ago. She applied and was successful in getting a Business Administration Apprenticeship with our HR team and was nominated for Apprentice of the Year in our Pride Awards where she was runner-up. Amy was successful in gaining full-time employment with the council and is now working as a clerical assistant in our Health & Wellbeing team.
Getting involved with Career Ready really is something which I’d recommend as it’s a win-win for all involved – the young people, the college and employers!