Designed to support young people in Plymouth gain fundamental employability skills with the support of volunteer mentors, Skills Aid Plymouth is a joint project between Plymouth City Council and Plymouth’s Rotary Clubs.
It is designed to help pupils understand and gain important employability skills which will improve future chances – in an increasingly competitive jobs market – and broaden their career options.
The second programme was officially launched at Plymouth Argyle, where a group of 20 young people aged 14 to 15 were able to meet their new mentors over some team building and a few footie skills. This event marks the first of ten exciting Business-hosted event days involving local companies from wide-ranging sectors.
Argyle Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said: “Having supported the Skills Aid Plymouth programme last year, we are delighted to have the chance to help a new cohort of students to gain vital employability skills and to also learn about the whole variety of careers here at PAFC.”
Last year’s Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) scheme was a huge success with the 10 participating students/young people attending a special award ceremony at the National Marine Aquarium after completing 11 different learning challenges.
The schools taking part this year are Sir John Hunt Community College and Eggbuckland Community College. Ten students most likely to benefit most from the scheme have been put forward by each of the schools.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “I’m really pleased we were able to bring SAP back for a second year. It’s a really great scheme that targets young people in need of a little extra guidance and support to help them achieve in life.
“Furthermore, it is real cooperative venture involving schools, Plymouth's Rotary Clubs and a diverse range of local businesses who each host inspiring visits and experiences to raise the aspirations of our young students.”