How University of Portsmouth Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice Sam continued her volunteer mentoring during lockdown

University of Portsmouth Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice Sam Bartlett has been able to successfully continue with her volunteer mentoring, despite no longer being able to meet face-to-face.

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Thursday, 25th June 2020, 12:00 am
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Havant Borough Council Executive Assistant Sam started supporting a school pupil in January this year, after responding to a specialist recruitment call from The Girls’ Network.

It aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least-advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women.

Since the lockdown and school closures, The Girls’ Network has now moved most of its programmes online. More than 700 mentor/mentee pairs nationwide have moved online, ensuring that relationships can continue.

Sam’s role involves inspiring and empowering a Portsmouth City schoolgirl and she has enjoyed providing guidance and assistance.

Sam will also have the chance to enhance her Chartered Manager profile and progress her career through her volunteer mentoring.

She said: ‘Since all the schools closed we have no longer been able to meet face-to-face, but it has not been a problem as we have been communicating using other methods.

‘My mentee really likes to text and so I have been able to continue supporting her using our phones and it is working very well. She knows I am still here to support her.’

Sam is studying a three-year BA (Hons) in Business, Leadership and Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship). Degree apprenticeships allow apprentices to work as an employee while they study part-time. They combine academic study from a traditional university degree with practical on-the-job experience and employment skills which apprentices need for a successful career.

Within the Faculty of Business and Law the degree apprenticeship courses offered are BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship), BSc (Hons) Project Management (Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship), MBA Strategic Leadership (Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship) and MSc Risk and Safety Leadership (Risk and Safety Management Professional Degree Apprenticeship).

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