Carillion mentors help shape future employees - Business In The Community

Carillion mentors help shape future employees

Carillion is a company focused on construction and support services that came to Northern Ireland in 1999 when it acquired local Belfast firm Eaga (formerly Heat Ltd).

Locally, Carillion provides a range of energy services to clients including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Power NI with its extensive expertise in the design, installation and repair of heating systems.

What Carillion did
Carillion is renowned for its commitment to supporting local young people into employment with its award-winning Apprenticeship scheme, however, in 2012 it identified the need to target young people at an earlier age to help steer those most in need of guidance into a career within the heating industry and renewable energy sector.

Carillion decided to use its long-standing relationship with local pupil support service The Link Centre to pilot a mentoring programme giving the young people at the centre a unique opportunity to benefit from hands-on advice and guidance from some of Carillion’s high performing employees. The programme has a blended approach with focuses on both one-to-one mentor support and practical activities including work experience opportunities.

The nature of the pupil profile at the centre means that key themes of the mentoring included activities around acceptable social behaviours at work, CV writing/application guidance, interview skills and career/personal development planning.

Key impacts and outcomes

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  • Two students given extended long-term work experience placements
  • Carillion invested heavily in practical activities for the young people involved
  • Since 2012 around 20 young people have been engaged in mentoring with Carillion
  • Long-term relationship developed with Belfast Metropolitan College as a result of the mentoring programme
  • Six work experience placements offered to third level students each year
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