Matheson recently offered eight students from local inner city secondary schools the opportunity to gain work experience during their Transition Year (TY). While there is already a structured TY programme in place at Matheson, this year they decided to re-design the programme to attract a wider pool of students and show the range of jobs and careers on offer in a law firm like Matheson.
At the outset, Business in the Community Ireland invited five schools to give their input to the design of the bespoke programme. The end result was a structured schedule that included mini research projects, getting to know people in various roles (‘a day in the life’), team building, a court visit and a final group presentation. By providing the students with plenty of support and guidance throughout the programme, Matheson ensured that the challenge of presenting at the final event was a highlight of the week and a great achievement by all the participants.
Feedback from the students and the Matheson staff was extremely positive. The students enjoyed the fact that they were part of a small group each of whom had a desk and their own projects and mentor. The skills they learnt e.g. presentation skills and how to research a topic, has most certainly helped in preparing each of them for their Leaving Cert and beyond. And they loved the food and the great coffee too!
The experience was hugely rewarding for the Matheson mentors as well. ‘Designing and delivering this skills-based programme required input from across the firm. The engagement and effort displayed by the TY students was very impressive, particularly in the preparation they put into their thoughtful presentations at the end of the week.’
Business in the Community Ireland supported Matheson in the developing of this successful strategic community initiative. If you are interested in finding out more about these type of CSR initiatives, please contact our Membership Executive Lorraine O’Toole on firstname.lastname@example.org.