New cohort of participants to Employer Mentoring Scheme welcomed by Director of Student Affairs

Published: 29 November 2005 at 15:28

Anglia Ruskin University recently staged another 'matchmaking' event which marked the launch of its annual Employer Mentoring Scheme in Chelmsford. The event, which took place on the Rivermead campus one evening, was attended by around 120 people who are to make up the mentor-mentee matches for the next six month period. Paul McHugh, Director of Student Affairs was at the event to give the Scheme his personal backing.

Graduate recruiters have identified a lack of business awareness among graduates as being a significant barrier to progress. Addressing this criticism the University devised the Employer Mentoring Scheme, a targeted programme giving second year students an opportunity to be supported and mentored by a graduate or professional on a one-to-one basis. Each mentor helps a student to evaluate and enhance their personal skills and develop a greater understanding of the real business world. 

73 mentors from a wide range of industry sectors have volunteered to be on board for this year's Scheme. This represents 28 local organisations, while 77 in total have now participated to date over the last 4 years. The mentors range from newly qualified and employed graduates to company directors and senior managers. The purpose of the University hosted event was to introduce the mentor employees, who have all received free Anglia Ruskin mentoring training and instruction, to the student mentees who they will be supporting in their workplace environments during sessions over the next 6 months.

Paul McHugh, welcoming the new intake of employees and students, confirmed why the scheme is so important for the University:

"The Employer Mentoring Scheme enforces our commitment to enhancing the employability of our students. It provides a vital link between academic life and the world of work.”

Jan Haldane, Employer Mentoring Coordinator at Chelmsford added:

"Our volunteer mentors donate their time and effort supporting our students' employability. We are delighted that we have been able to add so many new companies this year. The Scheme is now fully entrenched in the Essex business community."

13 of the 28 businesses supplying mentors are new to this year's scheme. They are - Atkins Ltd, Baker Tilly, BDB Building Services, BDO Stoy Hayward, Chelmer Housing, Chelmsford Probation, The East of England Cooperative, The Letchworth Heritage Foundation, Mouchel Parkman, The National Autistic Society, OLHO Technik UK, RG Carter and Rubi UK

This year's scheme will conclude in six months time, culminating in the staging of a celebratory 'Awards Event' for all participants on the evening of 24 May 2006.