Mentoring makes a difference in Cambridge

Published: 1 June 2012 at 09:48

City’s Mayor presents awards to local employers and Anglia Ruskin students

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The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart, presented awards at Anglia Ruskin University’s Mentoring Awards ceremony, which took place at the East Road campus.

The event marked a successful conclusion of the 2011-2012 Employer Mentoring Scheme which, despite the challenging economic conditions, was supported by 60 local businesses.

Now in its ninth year, the scheme is designed to match Anglia Ruskin students with individuals who are working in a relevant job.  The Mayor presented certificates to the participating students and their employer mentors, who have been working together for the last six months.      

A key concern addressed by the scheme is the lack of business awareness among so many of today’s graduates and employers have repeatedly identified this factor as a significant barrier to progress. 

Anglia Ruskin’s targeted programme ensures that individual students receive support and mentoring from a graduate or professional from local organisations.  On a one-to-one basis, these mentors are invaluable in encouraging and helping the next generation of graduates to understand, evaluate and enhance their personal skills and business awareness.

Katie Morris, an Employability Adviser at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“The mentor makes a commitment to help the student gain an understanding of their work environment, its culture, its expectations, its demands and even its frustrations.”

The region’s participating employers include IFF (GB), Cambridge University Press, Domino UK Ltd, Eversheds, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Constabulary, Thomson Webb & Cornfield, Barclays and Ubisense.

Any employer interested in taking part in the scheme should contact Katie Morris on 0845 196 2541 or katie.morris@anglia.ac.uk