Published: 26 May 2006 at 09:48
An Anglia Ruskin University awards ceremony that took place at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford has marked the successful conclusion of the 2005-2006 Employer Mentoring Scheme in Essex.
Joan Newton, Head of Careers, at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus and the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Tidmarsh welcomed the 70 mentor and mentee pairs to the event who had participated in this year’s programme.
Professor Tidmarsh 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 Tidmarsh presented the certificates at the event which was attended by over 200 people.
Trish Gupta, Director and Group Chief Architect at Countryside Properties, said:
In response, her mentees Terry White and James Walker, who are both studying architecture, were equally enthusiastic about the scheme. Terry said:
Having had a similar experience James explained:
Employers nationally identify the lack of business awareness among graduates as being a significant barrier to progress. Addressing this criticism five 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:
Special guest Tony Towell, Vice President to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Eastern Region, confirmed his support of a new extension to the scheme which is designed to encourage more female students to succeed in the predominantly male dominated Built Environment and Engineering sectors including surveying, architecture, construction management and civil and other engineering courses.
Nationally only 29% of applicants to Built Environment courses are female and for engineering the figure is only 15%. The University is looking to help contribute to female recruitment to these fields via the scheme.
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.
For more information about the scheme contact Anglia Ruskin University on 0845 196 4273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org