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Scarborough Students 'Boosting Life Chances' with Sirius Minerals

Scarborough Students 'Boosting Life Chances' with Sirius Minerals

Published by Matthew Pells at 11:53am 19th December 2019.

Students at George Pindar School in Scarborough have spent their first day with Sirius Minerals as part of a ground-breaking initiative aimed at boosting the life chances and career prospects of young people from the Eastfield area. 

The ‘Stepping Forward’ project will see Sirius work with 25 students over a four-year period, supporting them to make positive decisions about their futures and develop a range of skills and qualities to enable them to succeed.  

The students, currently aged 12 and 13, will take part in at least one activity every half term until they leave school at 16. This will include team building activities, skills workshops, work placements, one-to-one sessions with careers professionals, and the opportunity to meet people in a wide range of careers.

These sessions will focus on developing the core qualities which are valued by Sirius and other employers – including teamwork, communication, problem solving, resilience, and an eagerness to learn and improve. 

The project was launched in July with the whole year group taking part in a ‘survival skills’ team building event at Dalby Forest.  Following this, 25 students were selected to take part in the programme and designed a name and logo for the project. 

During their first session at the Sirius Minerals headquarters in Scarborough the students spent the day learning about a wide range of careers, including engineering, geology, sales and marketing, graphic design, accountancy, office administration and HR.  The students the interviewed staff from a variety of different backgrounds about their careers and finding out how they got to where they are now.

Principal Lesley Welsh said

“This will be an extremely valuable and rewarding experience for the students. We are very aware of the challenges that young people face, and collaborative projects like this not only help our students to flourish academically, but also to develop into responsible, successful and resilient adults.” 

Gareth Edmunds, External Affairs Director for Sirius said:

“This programme is part of an extensive education outreach programme that we conduct to help boost the skills and aspirations of young people in the local area.  Pindar is not only our local secondary school, but is a school on the up and we are pleased to be able to support the drive and determination being shown by the students and staff.”

Sirius is building a multi-billion pound polyhalite mining project near Whitby with 23 mile mineral transport tunnel to a processing plant and port at Teesside.  The scheme is set to create over 1,000 direct jobs, including at least 50 apprenticeship positions and 15 undergraduates. The company says it has already built strong relationships with local schools, having engaged over 30,000 students from over 100 institutions, and been the headline sponsor of Scarborough Engineering Week since 2013.

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