Restart Scheme

Promoting Social Mobility and Sustainability with Local Schools

23rd May 2024 Restart Scheme

The Serco Restart Scheme is proud to be supporting local schools. In April, Suki Gill, Social Value Lead, from the Restart Scheme attended the Career Aspiration Day at Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

The first day consisted of discussions around Suki Gill's role as Social Value Lead for the Restart Scheme. Suki used these sessions to share her professional journey, her educational background, and her experiences. The topic of "What is sustainability?" was explored, with Suki providing examples of sustainability projects initiated within the Restart Scheme, such as cardboard boxes as replacements for plastic bins and other recycling schemes.

In an engaging hands-on session, students were tasked with creating items themed around sustainability, using only recyclable materials provided. The day ended with an impressive display of creativity and innovation, as 90 students proudly presented their finished pieces. Among the standout creations were a robot and a doll house, both ingeniously crafted from cardboard.

The second day of the event included a visit to a career fair, giving pupils the opportunity to learn more about Serco and the Restart Scheme. Suki participated in a session conducting mock interviews with year 10 students, with a total of 12 mock interviews taking place.

In Wales, Restart Scheme staff will be volunteering at Adamsdown Primary School, with the first session taking place in May. Three sessions will be held at this school, followed by West Central staff volunteering at their local schools where the Restart Scheme is delivered (Birmingham, West Bromwich, and Coventry). Mock interviews will be conducted at John Wilmott School and Small Heath School in June and July this year.

Miss E Darby, from Challoner Catholic College, said:

“On behalf of the students and all of the staff here, I wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for giving up your time to support our students so brilliantly yesterday. The feedback from staff and students has been wonderful. I definitely think we achieved our objective of helping students to feel more positive about any future interviews they have. And that is thanks to you”.

Suki Gill, said: “Social mobility is important to me because it ensures that individuals can achieve success and upward mobility regardless of their background or circumstances of birth. I want to inspire children to be the best they can be, to have high aspirations and hope, to believe in themselves, and work hard to achieve their dreams. Nothing is impossible".


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