It’s a win-win for all involved – the young people, the college and employers!

It has given me an understanding of how our young people sometimes miss the opportunity to sell themselves.

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!

 

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