Business law firm, DWF, has brought its innovative and award winning 5 STAR Futures development programme to London to help talented students improve their skills and boost their chances of securing employment.
Following the success of its inaugural scheme in Liverpool and Manchester, the 5 STAR Futures initiative has been brought to Walworth Academy in Southwark. The scheme provides students nearing the end of secondary school education with insights into the world of work and a real life context for learning via a series of workshops.
The first 5 STAR workshop took place on this month at DWF's Capital House offices in the City. The session – with Year 10 pupils – focused on developing workplace behaviours and gave participants the chance to draw learnings from the firm's experts.
Bringing together secretaries, paralegals, receptionists and facilities colleagues as well as partners and associates from across the London office, the project demonstrates DWF's collaborative approach and commitment to giving students the broadest possible mentorship.
The scheme was developed by DWF lawyer, Simon Price, in partnership with schools and other educational institutions, to provide an aspirational learning framework for students.
Simon commented: "As a values-driven law firm, we know it is important to actively support the communities we operate within, and London is no exception. The 5 STAR Futures programme demonstrates our commitment to the next generation of young professionals and their success, and we hope that the pupils from Walworth Academy will gain real benefit from the programme.
"We've already supported more than 130 pupils this year from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Preston and London, and more than 200 individuals across our offices have signed up to be mentors already."
Director Of Progress at Walworth Academy, Elisha Lobban, added: "We have high expectations of each and every one of our pupils, so we highly value enrichment opportunities like the 5 STAR Futures programme that help them develop their self-discipline, motivation and confidence. Working with DWF we've been able to set our young people on a path that will help them develop their employability skills, while receiving dedicated mentoring and experiencing life in a professional office."
Simon continued: "The programme was launched to meet a genuine requirement by the education sector to find solutions to the challenges it faces, especially that of employment for school leavers. The level of involvement that DWF's education group has in the scheme will enable us to gain valuable insights into the education sector and the issues it must overcome, allowing us to take steps towards finding answers."