The Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme held its annual Celebration Event to mark another successful year of the scheme. Now in its fifth year, the mentoring scheme connects professionals from industry to students from the Business School.
The event saw mentors and mentees gather at University House to celebrate the success of the programme, share experiences, network with one another and find out who had won the award for ‘Mentee of the Year’ and ‘Mentor of the Year’.
As part of the event, presentations were given by mentors and mentees. Jo Smedley, Director at Zest Learning, a specialist provider of leadership development, spoke about her experience of being a mentor on the scheme. Jo, a first time mentor with us this year, spoke about the privilege of being a mentor and watching the development of her mentee throughout the year and how the experience had been a really positive one for her.
Lucciano Felicite and Jodie Waller, both mentees on the scheme, gave presentations about their involvement in the scheme as a mentee. They highlighted how their mentors had supported them by enhancing their employability skills as well as giving advice on career direction, they also emphasised how important the opportunities given to them by their mentors had been. These opportunities ranged from work shadowing and work experience to networking with colleagues of their mentor. Lucciano and Jodie have both secured Year in Industry placements with a multi national company.
Mentee of the Year was awarded to Economics student, Sam Rinaldi, who said of his award:
It has been a great learning experience and I truly believe the scheme has had a huge impact on my future, both career and otherwise. I’m thrilled to have won ‘Mentee of the Year’ and could not have done it without Josh’s invaluable support and guidance.
Sam was nominated by his mentor, Josh Harvey, an alumnus of the University now working at PwC, who commented: “From day one Sam has been enthusiastic, focused and a pleasure to work with. Sam thoroughly deserves this award and if he continues in the direction he is heading his career will certainly be a success.”
Mentor of the Year was awarded to Justine Brook from Marks and Spencer, who was nominated by her mentee Rachel Houghton. Justine who has been a mentor on the scheme for two years said,
I am so proud and delighted to have been recognised and awarded ‘Mentor of the Year’. The best part of being a mentor on this scheme is seeing such brilliant and talented students growing and developing their understanding of the business world and realising what direction they want to go in their future career.
Anna France who manages the Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme commented, “We have nearly 200 students on the scheme this year and this event showed the impact that our fantastic mentors have on their mentees in terms of the support and opportunities they give them. The event also recognises the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm our students show to their mentor and the mentoring relationship. The scheme offers enormous value both to our students and to our mentors.”