Woodbridge-based charity, the Seckford Foundation, will be launching a new careers mentoring programme to support young people in Suffolk with careers information and to boost their confidence when finding employment. The launch will take place at the Suffolk Skills Show on Wednesday 17th October, with careers assistance and information on mentoring for young show visitors.
The careers mentoring, which will be run by the Seckford Foundation’s Springboard programme, aims to support rural young people to explore their skills, discover new opportunities and build the confidence they need to progress into employment. Where possible, young people are also supported into work experience placements which can further inform their choices and help them to progress into work. Seckford Foundation is particularly focused on helping rurally-based disadvantaged young people.
20-year-old Brogan is one young person who is already enjoying the benefits of the Seckford Foundation’s careers mentoring. Brogan, who has autism, joined the mentoring programme after realising his communication skills were lacking and he was facing many challenges with getting on the careers ladder, but now, after a series of relaxed mentoring sessions, Brogan has realised his strengths and has embarked confidently on a promising work experience placement in the hospitality industry at Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa.
Josie Hopps, development manager at Ufford Park, currently has five disadvantaged young people working as valuable team members in various roles. Josie said: “Ufford Park has always believed in supporting the local community – it isn’t just a good way to give back, it makes good business sense too. Work experience placements can mean greater productivity and value to the business, they can provide us with a wider and more diverse pool of recruits, and they can encourage young people to consider careers that they might not have otherwise considered, as in the case with Brogan. Bringing in a young person with a totally different cognitive process and a completely different perspective and they’ll come up with something different and we can learn from people like Brogan, and that’s invaluable.”
The new careers mentoring programme is in addition to the Seckford Foundation’s wellbeing mentoring, which officially launched at the Suffolk Show in May 2018. Both mentoring programmes are funded jointly by the Seckford Foundation, Prince’s Countryside Fund and Salvation Army, and they are available to access for free with the support of trained volunteer mentors.
Jenny Stockman, Rural Apprenticeships and Mentoring Manager at the Seckford Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to add to our successful wellbeing mentoring programme by now supporting young people into employment. We hope visitors at the Suffolk Skills Show will talk to us to find out more about how our careers mentors can help young people realise the breadth of opportunities that are open to them.”
As well as sharing information about careers mentoring, the Seckford Foundation’s Springboard stand at the Suffolk Skills Show will also have a fun interactive game which will encourage visitors to think about their career options, to be in with the chance of winning a prize.
The Seckford Foundation will be launching their Seckford Springboard Careers Mentoring on Wednesday 17th October with a stand in the Enterprise Zone at the Suffolk Skills Show, hosted at Trinity Park in Ipswich from 9am to 4.30pm.
The Seckford Foundation is a charity that promotes and supports the education and care of the young and the elderly in and around the town of Woodbridge and the county of Suffolk. For more information visit www.seckford-foundation.org.uk.