Mentoring program targets schools

TEENAGERS will be encouraged to stay in school or move into a traineeship, apprenticeship or university through a new mentoring program.

In 2011, the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI ) and Youth Invest are hoping to set up a mentoring program that involves high schools around the region.

Currently the GCCI and Youth Invest are holding discussions with the local high schools to find out their interest in the program.

GCCI president Jackie Miller said they had received feedback from schools interested in becoming involved.

“It would be a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved in assisting the youth of today to stay engaged in school, or to assist in the transition from school to further studies, including traineeships, apprenticeships or university,” she said.

Mentoring programs, when designed to suit the needs of the school and the participating students, can play a positive role in enhancing a student’s exposure to new experiences in life skills, communication, career pathways and building confidence.

Expressions of interest are being sort for potential mentors in organisations or businesses who wish to become involved. If you would like more information, call Jackie Miller on 0429 724 809.



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