Farnley Academy mentoring programme graduates on track for success with help from KPMG Leeds

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Year 9 and 10 students from Farnley Academy in Leeds have completed a group mentoring programme with mentors with KPMG.

Five sessions focusing on employability skills and self-direction were aimed at helping their most able cohort students aim higher and build their confidence, with the programme culminating in a workplace visit to KPMG's Leeds city centre offices where mentoring graduates were awarded certificates for their CVs and exclusive graduate pin badges.

The mentoring is part of the NCOP programme which is aimed at supporting the most disadvantaged young people in England in progress on to Higher Education. 

The programme received excellent feedback from students and parents/carers alike with 80% of students identifying that the programme helped improve their confidence and 90% identifying that they had a better understanding of the skills and qualifications needed for a future careers. 

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One Year 9 mentoring graduate told us: "I learned more about and was able to put into practice important skills such as teamwork and communication. I now feel more positive about my future and I have lots of ideas about what I can do when I leave school!"

One of the mentors from KPMG said of the programme: "Each of the sessions were designed to introduce a new skill or consideration which really got the students thinking. A lot of thought went into exercises that broke down barriers between mentors and the young people which quickly helped us build a rapport and a coaching culture with the students. We're so glad that KPMG can support the local communities in which we operate with fantastic programmes like this."

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