Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have the opportunity to take part in a programme designed to improve the experiences of Year 11s as they make the transition from school to adulthood. The scheme is an excellent means of adding to the employability skills of our learners, as well as giving paid employment to add their CVs.
The Challenge, which is the name of the organisation that delivers the programmes, visited the College to appeal for volunteers to work with the 16 year olds during the summer.
Over 50 students from the College’s Tottenham and Enfield centres attended the specially designed workshops that informed them about the programme and allowed them to apply.
If successful, students will receive training with The Challenge and work as Team Mentors, earning approximately £1,100 - £1,500 for up to six weeks work. They will accompany the school leavers on a number of trips and excursions all aimed at improving their confidence and self-esteem.
Antonio Horta (22), who is studying Applied Science at the College, was interested in applying, saying: “The Challenge seems like a really good idea. It looks like it would be something fun to do throughout the summer, while also helping young people at the same time.”
Students who work as team mentors will gain valuable leadership and team building experience and skills, which will help them in their future careers.
Enrichment Manager, Anthony Robinson, said: “The Challenge approached us as they know we have a lot of young people who could offer some good advice and support to these 16 year olds.
“A lot of our students were really interested and hopefully they’ll go onto work with The Challenge during the summer.”