Knight Knox undertook Mosaic’s annual mentoring scheme, sending two teams into local schools around its headquarters, Chorlton High School and Moorside High School in Swinton.
The mentoring scheme aims to bridge the gap between aspirations and attainment by utilising inspirational role models from the local community who work to lift students’ confidence, communication skills and self-belief, in order to boost their long-term prospects.
Samantha Jones, a mentor from Knight Knox, said of the scheme: “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to go to these schools and work with the children at such a crucial time in their lives. The next few years will be packed with decisions which will impact the rest of their lives, so hopefully we have helped give them the skills to make the best choices.”
The six-month programme culminated with a World of Work visit where young people from Moorside High School visited the Knight Knox office in MediaCityUK and were able to tour one of its completed residential developments, as well as hear from Daniel Andrews, an inspirational speaker from local youth charity Transforming Lives for Good, who visited both schools.
Andrew Connaughton, head of Year 10 at Moorside High School, commented: “The pupils had a fantastic experience with The Prince’s Trust programme. They used the tasks set by Knight Knox to develop their own self-esteem and aspirations and the trip to Knight Knox was superb as it gave the students a fabulous insight into how a company like Knight Knox operates on a daily basis.”
Fatimah Nazir, volunteering executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “I was very impressed with the team from Knight Knox. They worked hard to plan and structure the sessions over six months in order to provide the students with a great range of activities and lessons. Judging by the feedback from the schools, the children have learned a lot, which will stand them in good stead for the future. We look forward to having the Knight Knox team back next year.”