Financial mentors help Leeds pupils

Students from Swallow Hill Community College during a visit to Leeds Building Society.
Students from Swallow Hill Community College during a visit to Leeds Building Society.
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Teenagers from a Leeds college are being mentored into the world of work by volunteers from Leeds Building Society.

The team from the Mortgage Lending Service Desk have been working with students from Swallow Hill Community College in Armley since earlier this year.

Society colleagues joined forces with Mosaic, a mentoring charity which supports young people in deprived and disadvantaged communities.

The project in Leeds was organised by Kelly Martin, a team leader on the Mortgage Lending Service Desk.

The adults have been helping give students a better understanding of the links between school and work. They support them by building up confidence and skills they can use in the workplace.

As well as regular sessions at the college, the group also hosted a day-visit by 22 pupils to the society’s head office in Leeds city centre.

Kelly said: “The day at head office was a great success and at least two of the children want to join Leeds Building Society as apprentices when they leave college.”

They were welcomed by chief executive officer Peter Hill before touring different departments to learn about the business and its wide range of job opportunities.

They also met colleagues who have developed their careers with the society, including new recruits who are completing workplace training through its apprenticeship scheme.

Bryan Pearce, deputy head at Swallow Hill Community College, said: “For many of our students this is the first opportunity they’ve had to meet people from the business world.

“I know it has given many of them the aspiration to go on and do something they would otherwise have thought out of reach.”