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WISE are looking for mentors!

01 June 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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WISE are looking for mentors!

Over the past 2 months, the Support And Mentoring Enabling Entrepreneurship (SAMEE) charity has been delivering the ground-breaking SFEDI Awards Passport to Enterprise and Employment qualification in schools across Dorset by its Workshops Introducing Self-Employment (WISE) project team.

The cutting-edge Level 1 qualification is delivered alongside a range of truly interactive workshops, including one which introduces young people to the hospitality sector and is based on their creation of a fictitious hotel and the departments within.  Each workshop activity aims to develop young people's understanding of the world of work and the different opportunities available to them and encourages them to explore their skills and identify their key strengths.

As part of its work, educating young people about employability and entrepreneurship skills, the SAMEE charity is now searching for more volunteer business mentors to help support their expanding innovative work in schools.

CEO and IEP Fellow, Samantha Everard, explains "We encourage volunteer mentors to join us from the local community and support WISE workshops as the young people enjoy a variety of employer encounters and learn a lot from them.  The work we do ensures that all students are able to engage and access the learning points and, by bringing in volunteer mentors, we are able to offer real life examples of different routes into work"

The SAMEE charity team create all WISE workshops around the 8 Gatsby benchmarks, a measurement of career-related activity which all schools need to adhere to and are proud of the fact that each WISE workshop touches on all eight points of the standard.  Combined with the accreditation of Disability Confident Leader status at level 3, which is the highest standard an organisation can currently achieve, the SAMEE charity can provide true expertise when it comes to supporting people with disabilities.

The WISE project now offers a variety of enterprise-based careers support to primary and secondary schools plus colleges and is continuing to scale up in response to huge demand from educational establishments looking to fulfil their responsibility to provide a stable careers programme.  As a Teachfirst Innovation shortlisted project, the SAMEE team are proud of their achievements with WISE workshops and are looking forward to the future alongside growing support from businesses across the South.

SAMEE charity Head of Education, Ricci Colla, said "We are always grateful for the support offered to us from our growing team of volunteer mentors on our WISE workshops, and they provide a great personal development opportunity for staff as well as extra added value for the young people."

If any readers would like to explore volunteering as a business mentor on our future WISE workshops please contact Ricci on 01202 424477 or email wise@samee.co.uk