Lockton Belfast helps students get ‘Locked-On’ for Future Success
Showing their dedication to inspiring the next generation of Northern Ireland’s business leaders, leading commercial insurance broker Lockton recently celebrated the conclusion of its ‘Locked-On’ project held in conjunction with the Grand Opera House and supported by Arts & Business Northern Ireland.
As a global company Lockton is committed to playing a meaningful role in local communities. To celebrate their 50th birthday David Lockton has challenged all Lockton Associates to participate in the “50 for 50 challenge”, during the coming year to globally volunteer in 50,000 hours of activities focused on helping and developing children and young people.
This project was an arts-based mentoring programme to help a group of GCSE boys develop an awareness of their essential skill sets and how these would apply to future career paths. The programme paired up twelve Year 11 students from Belfast’s Malone and Corpus Christi Colleges with mentors from Lockton’s growing Belfast office for an 8 week series which included creative arts workshops, hands-on coaching and mentorship and a mock interview.
“The partnership forged between Lockton’s team and the students of Malone and Corpus Christi Colleges has been a mutually beneficial one which we hope continues to inspire both the mentors and mentees for years to come,” said Nigel Sloan, VP, Lockton Belfast. “While Lockton’s team members have developed essential skills for coaching and mentoring young people, which can be applied to future team members on our graduate schemes or indeed young students in coming years, the students have also developed the tools required to make positive decisions as they progress toward GCSEs and their desired careers, whether they choose to navigate down an academic route or if they choose a vocational or trade-focused career.”
“We have been delighted by the dedication shown by the Lockton team to this programme throughout its execution” said Áine Dolan, Partnership & Development Manager, Grand Opera House Belfast. “The success of the Locked-On Initiative demonstrates how the arts can work in partnership with local business for the benefit of the community. It has been fantastic to observe how the young people involved in the programme have grown in confidence and emerged better equipped for the world of work.”
Joining students and staff at the final session of Locked-On, renowned mentalist, business mentor and motivational speaker David Meade, added anecdotes of his own personal career path and the importance of skills such as decision making and problem solving to his inspirational talk for students and mentors alike before presenting students with miniature ‘Oscar’ awards for their excellence while on the ‘Locked-On’ programme.
At the culmination of the Locked-On project held this week at Belfast’s Grand Opera House Kate Livingston, Arts & Business NI added, “Arts & Business NI were delighted to be involved in this project. ‘Locked-On’ is a prime example of how arts can positively impact on professional development and the students of Malone and Corpus Christi Colleges obviously had a lot fun taking part and learning new skills which will be beneficial throughout their school and professional career paths.”
For more information on Lockton and the company’s wide range of unique CSR initiatives held across Northern Ireland and around the world visit www.lockton.com.