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Project Report | May 10, 2023

By Tony Sewell | Project Leader

The highlight of this month's programme activities for ages 13-18 has been year one of the Year 10 Pay it Forward programme continuing with more mentoring sessions and STEM Masterclasses at Westwood Academy in Coventry, Durham Federation in Durham and Dukes Academy in Northumberland. The programme has now finished for year one and the students have the option to do top up mentoring in the summer holidays before year 2 of the programme, which is Career Development and Employability Skills workshops. 

It is clear from the feedback, both written, videos, and in classroom discussions, that we have received from students, mentors and teachers on Pay it Forward, the positive impact the programme is having on students' career knowledge and increased self-confidence and motivation to reach their full potential. Teachers have pointed out that this kind of programme, where students get one to one support from a mentor, to discuss career options in relation to their post-16 options, as well as showcasing STEM and engaging via our hands on practical STEM Masterclasses, is most beneficial. Mentors have highlighted mentees being more aware of what career options they can go into and how to get into them through doing research homework tasks as part of the mentoring and discussions they have in the sessions, as well as improvements in self-confidence after discussions when students gain more of an understanding of the skills and abilities they have. Students have expressed at the end, whilst packing up, that they can’t wait for the next mentoring session and some students have said that this is one of the most interesting and useful things they have done. 

The highlights of this march’s programmes for university students have been from the mentoring programmes and the Sky Internship programme. We concluded 6 months of mentoring on the Black Women into Tech PDT Partners programme with some fantastic presentations done by the six mentees about their time on the programme.


I would like to share a lovely write up by Oriel College about the STEM@Oxford Programme we are running with them. The write up focuses on the February launch event held at the House of Lords. The students were privileged to have the provost of Oriel College, Lord Neil Mendoza in attendance and providing advice during the workshops. Please read here - https://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/news/oriel-renews-partnership-with-generating-genius-on-stemoxford-programme/



We are so pleased with the progress as well the enjoyment the year 10 students have had on the Pay it Forward Programme this month.  We had a fantastic final set of mentoring sessions and STEM Masterclasses for Westwood Academy in Coventry, Durham Federation in Durham and Dukes Academy in Northumberland. The majority of students from these schools said the STEM Masterclasses were their favourite part of the programme. Feedback around it being fun and interactive, and more interactive than school lessons, were some of the key points given by these students. Many of the students said their mentoring sessions have helped them with thinking more widely about what options they can go into in their careers and found it useful for finding work experience, with most saying they did not know about the work experience programmes the programme has told them about and developing a CV. 


We had a great  Spring Week Programme this month for the 57 students on this programme. This 3-day insight and preparation programme provides students, through insight talks and workshops, with an insight into the following departments in National Grid - Finance/Commercial, Engineering and Technology. Students will also have employability skills workshops in career options, CV writing and interview practice. On the last day of the programme students will have a mock assessment centre task to complete. They will have to produce a financial plan that will form part of the broader business case to Ofgem in order to secure the appropriate funding to enable National Grid to meet its Net Zero commitments. 

Following the Spring Insight programme the students were  offered the opportunity to interview for 2-week paid work experience placements. We have 30 placements available this year for students across different departments in National Grid. All students are also given the opportunity to have a one to one application preparation mentor from National Grid starting from June until the end of September to help them prepare for graduate, placement and internship applications at National Grid and other companies. We have found in the past that the mentoring on this programme compliments the Spring Week as it can build on the skills and knowledge they have learnt from this and go further by providing more tailored one to one support over 16 weeks for each individual student. This will be our third time doing this programme and students in the past have got brilliant jobs at companies including National Grid, Centrica, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BP.  

Further donations would help to increase this valuable work. We are truly ground-breaking in vision and effort.




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Generating Genius

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Zindzi Sewell
London , United Kingdom

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