Our staff support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their skills and aspirations for the future, through education, employability and enterprise support, work experience and mentoring programmes.
We focus on Newham, East London
As part of our efforts around social mobility, we work to encourage young people from less privileged backgrounds to broaden their horizons and to aim high in their education and aspirations. As a firm, we have chosen to focus our support on the borough of Newham which, of our neighboring boroughs, receives far less support from the corporate sector.
Macfarlanes has partnered with 15billionEBP (the Education Business Partnership for Newham) for over ten years, supporting students at local schools and colleges to develop the skills and qualities needed for the world of work.
School mentoring programme
Each year staff mentor 40 pupils on a one-to-one basis across three schools, providing careers support, conducting mock interviews, developing their confidence and presentation skills, and exploring problems which they may encounter. Students’ feedback shows that this programme has a significant impact on supporting their academic development, raising future aspirations and providing a valuable insight into the world of work.
Our support in the Newham borough extends further than our school mentoring programme. In Autumn 2017 we launched a large-scale careers programme to educate teachers within Newham on the different levels of apprenticeships available and particularly higher level qualifications. Research shows that there is a significant gap around teachers receiving the relevant information on higher level apprenticeships and how this compares to a university qualification. As a result, teachers are unable to provide accurate advice to their students.
The first workshop was delivered to 150 teachers working in secondary schools across Newham. As a result of the very positive feedback received, a second workshop is being planned for 2018.
Setting targets with my mentor was really useful because it helped me plan ahead, which is something I am normally bad at.