Twenty young people from a range of Lincolnshire schools attended a dinner at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln and each was introduced to a senior executive mentor from a local business.
Kesteven and Sleaford High School student Caitlin Scott was paired with Prof David Charles of Lincoln University’s Business School, while Olivia Sealy met with Steve Kemp of Open Plan, an urban and spatial planning studio in Lincoln.
This, new Mini Exec Club is an idea born out of the Exec Club networking dinner organised by Streets Chartered Accountants and Langleys Solicitors. Local company directors were keen to help develop young talent. Lincolnshire schools were invited to nominate a young person to attend the event and be paired with a chief executive to talk about their particular industry and ask about the world of work.
The pair will stay in touch, with visits to the workplace, support with university and job applications and a work experience placement. The Education Business Partnership gave advice to the businesses on working with young people and a follow-up dinner is planned for June 2016.
Elaine Lilley, chief executive of the EBP, said: “This is a great opportunity for the worlds of business and education to interact, and to give young people an insight into the world of work.”
The High School is also taking part in ‘Communitree’, a new recruitment service for local employers, sourcing and shortlisting young people for jobs. Communitree staff will coach the candidates in interview preparation and skills.