19 Feb 2016

Mentoring success for York students

University of York undergraduates have teamed up with pupils from Millthorpe School and York High School for a mentoring project involving Hiscox and Aviva.

The Girl's Enrichment Scheme (GEMS) provides support to girls in Year 10 by linking them with University students and women working in business.

This year, 12 students met school pupils on a weekly basis, culminating in two 'Women in Business' days at the Hiscox and Aviva offices in York. Featuring workshops in teamwork and confidence-building, along with talks from women working in the insurance industry, the days aimed to broaden the career outlook of young women.

Molly McGrellis, a third year Maths undergraduate and volunteer for GEMS, said: "I clearly remember being 15 and not sure of myself and my abilities. I would have loved a scheme like GEMS at school to help demonstrate that the world of work isn't scary!"

"The day at Hiscox was a great success. One of the pupils couldn't believe how much she enjoyed the day and she is now considering insurance as a career - she's even got some work experience lined up for Easter, and I might even apply for the graduate scheme myself!"

Next week (22 - 28 February) marks National Student Volunteering Week, designed to bring together student volunteers, colleges, Universities, charities, social enterprises and businesses to celebrate and encourage collaboration.