A group of 40 Year 9 students from Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford have been given a ‘behind-the-scenes’ glimpse into the workplace during a ‘World of Work’ visit hosted by KPMG in Leeds and organised by Mosaic.
The pupils visited KMPG’s offices in Leeds as part of their Secondary School mentoring programme with Mosaic, which is aimed at helping young people improve their confidence, self-belief, motivation and employability.
On the day, students learned about vital employability skills from industry professionals, with KPMG staff teaching them how to build a CV, how to succeed in an interview and the different routes available for getting into work.
Hamzah Khan, Head of Year 9 at Dixons Kings Academy, said: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed their world of work visit to KPMG. Many of them have never had the opportunity to visit a working office and so to get the chance to go and visit one of the biggest professional services companies in Europe was inspirational. They all remarked about how being in such an environment motivated them to want to seek employment in such a company in the future.
“The content of the day was also really well planned and extremely useful. Students had the opportunity to create CVs, learn about networking and develop their teamwork – all vital components for future success. We can’t thank KPMG and Mosaic enough for organising the day.”
Arron Dougan, Technology Solutions Analyst at KPMG in Leeds, added: “The students were first introduced to KPMG through a variety of icebreaker activities, they then focused on key employment skills such as networking, preparing a CV, working in a team and interviews. The children who attended were fantastic, they engaged in activities throughout and our volunteers were impressed at the level of both enthusiasm and competence they displayed throughout.”
KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and a keen supporter of Mosaic’s mentoring programmes, with staff up and down the country volunteering as mentors. This year alone, the firm hosted two of the 2016 Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals, with senior members of the team also on the judging panels. A team from Dixons Kings Academy, Team ‘Hand-Up’, were named runners up in the 2016 Enterprise Challenge Grand Final.
Leah Larkin, Mosaic’s Regional Manager for Yorkshire, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to get an introduction to the different routes available to get into work, how to make themselves more employable and more generally expand their horizons. We are very grateful to KPMG for helping facilitate the event and for their ongoing support.”
Mosaic is particularly thankful to our headline supporter Human Appeal, alongside the Aziz Foundation, TRS Foundation, John Laing Foundation and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the primary school mentoring programme.