Youngsters benefit from career advice and Phoenix Youth Project’s ‘Role Model’ scheme

Heroes of the future benefited from career advice provided by local companies reaching out through the new Role Models scheme. -Photo submitted

Heroes of the future benefited from career advice provided by local companies reaching out through the new Role Models scheme. -Photo submitted

YOUNGSTERS benefited from career advice from a scheme developed by the Box Encapsulation Delivery Team (BEPDT – a joint venture of Amec, Foster Wheeler, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs), Carrs Engineering and Phoenix Youth Project.

The scheme was developed to help youngsters attending the centre make informed decisions about their future by benefiting from informal conversations with experienced professionals from the nuclear industry.

On his visit, Garry Bedford, a scaffolding supervisor from BEPDT, who also runs his own superheroes company, turned up dressed as Superman.

Garry said: “I had a great time and it was very well received by the young people of the club. I played pool, arm wrestled and took part in a Q & A session.”

During the visit Garry talked about his career path and the lessons he’s learned during his working life.

Dianne Richardson, socio-economic manager for the BEPDT, said: “Throughout our project we hope to work with our supply chain, as well as in collaboration with our client Sellafield Ltd, to bring the most long-term benefit possible to our local community.  As part of this we talked to Carrs Engineering, one of our first suppliers to be awarded a sub contract, and together with Phoenix Youth Project identified that youngsters in the area could benefit from our professionals visiting the Youth Centre and sharing their career stories in an informal way.It’s wonderful that members of our team are prepared to give up their evenings to support the project.”

In the first few weeks of the project the youngsters have also been visited by Ivan Baldwin, Business Development

Director from Carr’s Engineering, and Stefan Mrugalski, Commercial Manager at BEPDT. Further visits covering a variety of roles are planned over the next few weeks.

Joanne Ritson, Community Relations Coordinator for Carrs, said: “We hope that the scheme will inspire the youngsters to realise that anything is possible with hard work and determination. We are looking to bring other companies on board which will really widen the scope for knowledge sharing ​and experience with the young people, and will also allow us to take this scheme to other groups and communities who will benefit from this unique project. I believe it’s not just the youngsters who can gain from this interaction. It gives us as employers a real insight in to what they want for the future and what is stopping them from going out and getting it.”

Paul Rowe, Project Manager of The Phoenix Youth Project, said: “Phoenix Role Models is a great way to help raise aspirations and confidence in our young people. The lack of understanding of the vast and varied opportunities in West Cumbria creates a culture of low confidence and aspirations in young people. A big thank you to our first two of, hopefully many, role models as this scheme gathers pace.”

  • For organisations that are interested in becoming part of Phoenix Role Models please contact Dianne Richardson on 07790 943 647 for an informal conversation.