Helen Bence from the Sales and Marketing team at RJ Power Group attended a course at Sussex University in Falmer (just outside Brighton) yesterday to work alongside tutors in mentoring students through the final year of their studies.
The course brought local businesses together, allowing their staff to share the experiences and knowledge gained during their careers with students to help prepare them for work after university.
The mentoring wheel and grow model were two of the tools that were discussed to aid with the mentoring scheme; both of these can be used in a number of areas across businesses, and not just for mentoring students.
QED provided the coaching of the course, which prepared the mentors for the initial meeting of their matched student, to support them through their final year of studies.
Mentors will be allocated their student in October and will meet with them up to six times, as well as offer support between meetings when required.
This is a prime example of how RJ Power Group is working with the local community as well as moving forward with its in-house graduate scheme, working alongside the university’s careers department.
A follow-up course is arranged for January, which will see how the mentoring is progressing and, given this is the first course of its kind for the University of Sussex, how well the scheme is developing for the university, graduates and local businesses.