28 February 2019
Be The Change, an inspiring award-winning initiative set up in 2015 by LoveLocalJobs.com and Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis, has the aim of providing business mentors to pupils who had become disengaged with school or lacked confidence in their own abilities. The programme aims to break down barriers to inspire and re-engage them with the education system, ensuring that they gain happiness, hope, confidence, relationships and employability skills.
In 2019 SHW have provided three Business Coaches – Emma Hards (Partner, Brighton), Laura Miles (Associate, Crawley) and Carlie Cheall (Senior Surveyor, Crawley). Between them they support eight students from St Wilfrid’s School on an individual basis and are on hand to guide discussions and share their experiences at the large conferences.
The programme brings together a number of local schools and business mentors which challenges the students to step out of their comfort zone. This experience encourages the participants to reflect on their behaviour and attitudes in order to identify ways to overcome their personal barriers and reach their aspirations.
Outside of the larger group conferences, SHW’s involvement has included going to visit the mentees at school for one to one sessions and inviting them for work experience. Be The Change provides support to guide these sessions by providing a focus for discussions.
Steph Hancock, Head of Year 9 at St Wilfrid’s said: “Over the course of the programme we have seen how well the students respond to the time and effort given to them by the business guides. The 1:1 sessions solidify the positive messages of the conferences and these wouldn’t be possible without companies volunteering their time to engage with local schools.”