ORT has been supporting young people and their education for 137 years. ORT-JUMP is ORT UK's flagship domestic programme.
The ORT-JUMP programme was established in 2009 with the help of World ORT. The programme was started in 2 secondary schools with 30 mentors and mentee partnerships. The programme now runs in ten secondary schools and every year hundreds of mentors in a variety of industries take part, assisting students to realise their true potential and achieve their ultimate career ambitions. ORT-JUMP has launched this academic year with a huge number of new applications. The addition of three new schools in Camden was due to the success of the programme when it was introduced at La Sainte Union in September 2015. It is now running successfully in Acland Burghley, Parliament Hill and William Ellis. We currently have 250 mentor and student partnerships across 10 London schools.
Students are being mentored in popular industries such as medicine, law, finance, engineering and psychology. We also matched students in more unusual fields this year for example biochemistry, product app development and HM treasury.
During November students and mentors completed full training, delivered by a specialist life coach as a way to ensure that both mentors and students are fully equipped to complete the programme successfully and get as much as possible out of it. All mentors are required to attend this training and sign a code of good practice as well as providing a referee.
The students and mentors meet up in a public place 5 times over the academic year and discuss things like CV writing, how to sell yourself and what to expect from the workplace. They are even given the opportunity to have a workplace tour and attend a real meeting.
The students have the opportunity of attending career focussed evenings in Law, Medicine, Finance and Engineering. Each evening is hosted by a panel of experts in their particular career and is open to all 6th form students in our schools.
Last year, we developed a new method of judging the most successful students. The students are required to produce two pieces of written work. The first which is handed in mid year, is a profile of their mentor and the final piece is a summary of the programme and what they have got out of it. This needs to be completed by mid May, so we can announce the winners at the ORT-JUMP graduation in July.
ORT-JUMP is in the process of developing an evaluation process to make the programme as successful and enjoyable for mentors and students alike.