Published: 30 May 2007 at 15:03
Britvic Soft Drinks, one of the two leading soft drinks businesses in Great Britain, is just one of a growing number of local companies that has been supporting the Employer Mentoring Scheme at Anglia Ruskin University which has just concluded its 2006-2007 programme with its annual awards ceremony at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford (23 May).
Some Brand Managers from the company’s Chelmsford head office, who had completed their degrees locally with Anglia Ruskin, decided to support the mentoring scheme by becoming mentors themselves and Adrian Phillips (22), a second year student on a BA (Hons) Business Marketing degree course, is just one of the student mentees who has benefited from the four year link up.
Adrian, who lives near Bishop’s Stortford, was assigned on a mentoring placement with Lauretta Taupin, Britvic Soft Drinks Corporate Responsibility Advisor, to gain work-based skills, experience and a real life understanding of what it is like to work in one of the top named companies in the UK. He was given various tasks to complete within the Corporate Affairs Department encompassing the areas of corporate responsibility, employee communications, media communications and public affairs.
Describing her initial meet up with her mentee, Lauretta said:
Adrian also speaks enthusiastically about the scheme:
Joan Newton, Head of Careers, at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus and the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne, welcomed the 70 mentor and mentee pairs who had participated in this year’s programme to the awards event.
Commenting on the programme, Joan said:
During the celebratory event, the participating students and their employee mentors received certificates to acknowledge their contribution to the scheme which has seen them working together in a mentoring relationship for a period of six months. Professor Thorne, and Susan Turner, Britvic’s Head of Public Affairs, presented the certificates at the event which was attended by over 200 people.
Employers nationally identify the lack of business awareness among graduates as being a significant barrier to progress. Addressing this criticism six years ago, Anglia Ruskin University developed its Employer Mentoring Scheme, a targeted program giving second year students an opportunity to be supported and mentored by a graduate or professional from local organisations on a one-to-one basis.
Mentoring organisations are drawn from across a variety of fields including Legal, Financial, Housing, IT, Built Environment, HR and Marketing as well as Local Government.
Jan Haldane, Employer Mentoring Coordinator, explains:
Some of Adrian’s skills have proved of direct benefit to him. He was recently offered no less than three separate summer placements. The placement he accepted was the one offered by his now very familiar mentoring sponsors - Britvic Soft Drinks.
Through the mentoring scheme, Anglia Ruskin University is able to pursue its goal of developing and sustaining links and partnerships with employers in the Essex community.