Our Site Manager Richard Crisp has volunteered to take part in a mentoring programme with local Sheffield school, Longley Park Sixth Form.
Richard jumped at the chance to support the school, with the mentorship arranged through Sheffield Business Together. Having previously been a mentor in his previous role with Galliford Try, Richard was keen to assist the sixth form, which is part of Longley Park’s career ready programme.
Richard has now been paired with a student who he meets with each month for a year to offer structured guidance and advice. Richard says: “I get a personal sense of pride seeing young people grow in confidence. I hope sharing some of my experiences will support my mentee by helping them get on the career ladder and negotiate the minefield that is work.”
The Longley Parks careers programme includes a wide range of activities aimed at raising student attainment, increase aspirations and help prepare students for the world outside of education. For many, the programme can make a huge difference to their lives and assists students who may be from disadvantaged backgrounds. Activities include skill-building masterclasses, 1-to-1 mentoring, charity fundraising, trips, lectures and work placements.
Ultimately, the construction industry has given me a lot over the last 35 years, and now I think it’s time to give something back. If I can help just one person, I’ll feel I have succeeded.
Richard Crisp, Site Manager, Henry Boot Construction
Longley Park Sixth Form prides itself on the employability opportunities and experiences provided for our students. This would not be possible without the involvement of external organisations, such as Henry Boot, who kindly allow and encourage their staff to support us. The experiences they bring and the relationships formed with students provide an experience these young people would never have otherwise, we are eternally grateful.
Bernadette Edge, Career Ready Coordinator, Lonley Park Sixth Form