Pupils from Ditton Park Academy, Slough and Eton School and Burnham Park Academy have taken part in a special ‘World of Work’ visit to CA Technologies facilitated by local charity Learning to Work and Mosaic.
The pupils, who have all been mentored as part of Mosaic’s Secondary School programme, had the opportunity to see where some of their mentors work as they were given a tour around the impressive site. They also took part in a number of workshops to promote effective collaboration and confidence, while being encouraged to consider a future career in the technology sector.
Matthew Hutching, a pupil at Burnham Park Academy, said: “I enjoyed the day. It’s been an enriching to the end to the Mosaic programme. Mosaic has helped me grow as a person and expand the skills that I can bring to the workforce. I’d like to become an electrical engineer.”
Arsalan Khalid from Ditton Park Academy was also very positive about the day. He said: “It was very helpful, we learnt a lot of things and it gave us some useful experience when applying for jobs when we’re older.”
Rebecca Taylor, Head of Communications for CA Technologies, said: “The European Commission has predicted that by 2020, 825,000 ICT jobs will be left unfilled in Europe due to a lack of relevant skills. CA Technologies’ dedicated CSR programme, Create Tomorrow, helps address this skills gap by encouraging young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
“By working with Learning to Work and Mosaic, we are able to use our resources to support local students who really need it. The volunteering opportunities are also very valuable to our employees, who have enjoyed seeing the students develop and grow throughout the programme. We really enjoyed having some of those students visit us, to learn more about the world of work and what their mentors’ working lives look like day to day.”
Patrick Conlon of Ditton Park Academy said: “Thank you so much for coordinating the Mosaic programme with our students here at Ditton Park this year. The way in which the programme targets students through the personalised course of activities has had a huge impact on those that have taken part. The increase in confidence we have seen in the students both within and outside the classroom has been remarkable. This in turn will have a long lasting effect on their progress, helping them to achieve their own potential.”
Mosaic’s Secondary School programme aims to encourage self-belief, confidence in young people and help bridge the link between education to employment through educating mentees about employability skills.
Mosaic would like to thank our headline supporter the Al Faisal Foundation, alongside the Sir John Cass Foundation and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the secondary school mentoring programme.