Mentors share wisdom

SHARED EXPERIENCE: Mentors Sheila Whiteley, Donna St Hilaire, Paul Clarke, Alan Archer and Christine O'Brien with Compact's Lesley Franks and St John Fisher pupils Conor Meese, Megan Ferry, Christian Lovell, Ellie Kaye and Darryl Waterworth. (d16051152)
SHARED EXPERIENCE: Mentors Sheila Whiteley, Donna St Hilaire, Paul Clarke, Alan Archer and Christine O'Brien with Compact's Lesley Franks and St John Fisher pupils Conor Meese, Megan Ferry, Christian Lovell, Ellie Kaye and Darryl Waterworth. (d16051152)
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A MENTORING scheme which pairs schoolchildren with representatives from local employers has celebrated another successful year.

Twelve pupils from Earlsheaton Technology College and St John Fisher High School were joined by their business mentors for lunches to congratulate them on the completion of the two-year course.

The scheme, run by Compact Education Business Services, gives GSCE pupils the chance to develop their work skills and learn from the careers of others.

The regular one-to-one sessions aim to build confidence, raise ambitions and improve exam results.

Compact education business links co-ordinator Lesley Franks said: “We’ve got self-employed people, people who work for the local authority – all sorts of people with a vast background of experience.

“All the pupils have really enjoyed it. It’s given them a different aspect and someone to bounce ideas off.”