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How you can help schoolchildren to believe in themselves

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We are looking for civil servants to support local schools in a number of ways, including the Mosaic Programme, run by youth charity The Prince’s Trust. You could help us to improve the confidence and future employment chances of secondary school children.

As part of the Mosaic Programme you would work in a local school as a mentor for 2 hours a week for 7 weeks, motivating pupils and showing them how they can get a job if they believe in themselves. The programme will give you the chance to work with civil servants from different departments and to build links between the Civil Service and local communities. You will also learn and develop mentoring and project management skills, which will improve the strength element of your Civil Service success profile.

The Mosaic Programme is only one part of our strategy of supporting schoolchildren. If you join our team you will work closely with schools in Merseyside and Cheshire to create specialised, tailor-made courses and events to help pupils reach their potential.

You don’t need experience of mentoring, just motivation, a flexible attitude and the passion to support your community. You will also help make the vision of a Brilliant Civil Service a reality by developing effective leadership skills and improving outcomes for schoolchildren. The Prince’s Trust will make sure you get Disclosure and Barring Service background checks, and they will train you to put together coaching sessions that children will enjoy and learn from.

Colleagues from across the Civil Service have volunteered to work with schoolchildren in our communities and have learned new skills.

Jane, from the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “The whole programme has been extremely rewarding, providing a real sense of achievement. This was completely different to anything else I have ever done in my working life… but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, in particular working with the students and watching them grow. I have learned a great deal”.

Michelle, from HM Passport Office, said: “I wanted to make a positive contribution to the community and develop my communication skills. Talking to a different group of people and engaging them successfully made me think about different approaches.”

Susanna, from HM Courts and Tribunal Service, said: “It was good to get to know the students and their personalities. I think it gave them a good insight into their next steps and also built on their understanding of the various industries they could work in and options for the future.”

Jane, Michelle and Susanna helped local schoolchildren and improved their own skills, so why don’t you? To find out how you can get involved, contact Alex Rae or Louise Linford.


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