Shervin is Smart Futures Student of the Programme
Congratulations to St Ambrose Barlow Sixth Form Student, Shervin, who has graduated from the EY Foundation’s Smart Futures programme as Student of the Programme!
Smart Futures is a 10 month scheme that includes paid work experience for Year 12 students, geared towards strengthening their chances when going for a job or on to higher education. As part of the scheme, Shervin undertook three weeks work experience at the state of the art EY Head Offices in St Peter’s Square, Manchester. EY is a multinational professional services firm and Shervin was able to gain first-hand experience of the aspects of Law, Marketing and Finance that go on within the business. Along with other students he took part in team communication and team leadership exercises and participated in a Dragon’s Den project. The experience culminated with a graduation ceremony for the participants.
Shervin was one of 27 students from across the North West that made it on to the 2017 programme. After learning about the programme from the sixth form he had to apply online and get through a rigorous telephone and face to face interview process. As well as the North West, Smart Futures ran 2017 programmes in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Bristol, Reading, Yorkshire, Luton, Newcastle and Southampton. Being voted Student of the Programme means that Shervin will now attend a national award event for all the areas in October. He has also been assigned a mentor from EY who will work with him during his final year of A-Level studies, meeting in person and keeping in touch through email.
Shervin said: “It was really good to understand how a professional environment works and to get that real world experience. I got to meet a lot of people who will be able to help me in the future as contacts or for references and I connected with them on LinkedIn so we can keep in touch. I met lots of new friends, learned new skills, and expanded ones I already had, in communication, presenting and team leading.”
Assistant Head of Sixth Form in charge of work experience, Sally Cheshire, said: “"Shervin is an excellent pupil and I am so proud of his achievements on the programme this summer. The programme is an excellent insight into working for a multinational organisation and covers many aspects of working life. Having a mentor throughout year 13 will allow Shervin to carry on learning about the corporate world alongside his studies. The EY programme is a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 students and I would encourage all who can to apply."
Applications for next year will open in late October. Visit the EY Foundation's Smart Futures website to find out more.