Orchard School Bristol are keen to improve the expectations and aspirations of all students. With the many social and economic pressures affecting families and individuals in Bristol, it is unsurprising that many young students are left confused about their options and unsure about what is truly accessible to them.
For this reason, with the support of Bristol WORKS, and its network of willing employers in Bristol, Orchard School will be offering targeted group mentoring to young females in need of learning more about the world of work and the possibilities ahead of them.
Running once a week, the mentees will meet a variety of women from a cross-section of industries who will talk to them about their careers and the pathways that led them to the workplace. The hope is that each session will offer the year 10 girls a taster of different roles, pathways and sectors, allowing them to learn from the mentors’ experiences and feel more equipped to make decisions about their own futures.
With volunteers coming forward from organisations such as Catalyse Change, Poco Tapas Bar and Bristol City Community Trust, the students are set to hear a variety of stories and experiences that we hope will inspire and excite them.