Pupils from Arden Primary, Parkfield Community Primary, Ward End Primary, St Georges Church of England Academy, Ladypool Primary, Uplands Manor Primary and Nelson Mandela Primary School were joined by their dedicated mentors as well as teachers and families for the events.
The keynote speaker for the first graduation was HMRC debt collector Romaana Patel while lawyer, writer and public speaker Abda Khan spoke at the second.
Ms Khan said: “The energy in the room was amazing and it was so lovely to be a part of these pupils getting recognition for their hard work throughout this mentoring programme. Hearing them speak on their experiences with such confidence was an absolute delight to hear.”
Mosaic’s Primary School programme seeks to equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to connect education to work at an early age. Often the programmes focus on girls and their mothers, raising aspirations and broadening expectations of what’s possible in adult life. Volunteer mentors from professional backgrounds act as role models to the pupils and encourage them to aspire to careers in a range of different sectors.
Becky Mitchell, Mosaic’s Regional Manager for the West Midlands, said: “It’s been a wonderful two days holding the graduations and so rewarding to give these pupils the opportunity for the spotlight to be on them, as they take away the core life skills from our mentoring programme.”
Mosaic extends its thanks to the pupils’ mentors from Birmingham City University, West Midlands Police, Newman University, University of Birmingham, BPP University, DWP, University College Birmingham, KPMG, Mazars, Ormiston Forge Academy, PT, Gowling, Birmingham Irish Association, Birmingham City Council and Midland Heart.