Each month we are introducing the wonderful mentors that support the Big Ideas programme, in a feature we call ‘Meet the Mentor’. The programme and the students on it simply would not be the same if we didn’t have this mentor support from our business and community partners, and the mentors themselves get an awful lot out of it too. Find out more about the range of interesting and diverse mentors we work with on our Meet the Mentors page on the website!
Allow me to introduce one of our returning mentors from our North England region – Scott Rawlings
Name: Scott Rawlings
Position: Quarry Supervisor, Tarmac
· Please describe your role:
I supervise the day-to-day operations of an asphalt plant making sure everyone works in a safe environment and that we meet customers’ expectations in Quality and service.
· Please describe your route to this role:
I left school at the age of 16 and managed to get on with Tarmac as an Apprentice Engineer, when I finished College I was lucky enough to go to Canada with the business which give me an insight to how other countries operate, this gave me a desire to see more of the world so I then went to live in Australia and New Zealand for the next 6 years in the mining industry. When returning to the UK I was eager to work with Tarmac and was offered the position I am in today.
· What advice do you have for young people interested in either following a similar route to you or in working for your business/sector?
Tarmac is a fantastic business to work for with so many different opportunities. I didn’t do very well at school and I’ve still managed to work my way up into management, it just shows that a bit of hard work and determination will get you anywhere.
· Why did you get involved in S4TP’s Big Ideas programme?
I joined the programme for a change and to get out of my comfort zone, standing mentoring around 150 pupils is not something I do every day. Having to talk in front of lots of pupils and teachers definitely helps with your confidence which you can take back to the work place when delivering presentations or toolbox talks etc.
· What involvement have you had so far?
I’ve been involved with the Big Ideas programme for the last 12 months and have managed to contribute to 3 Big Ideas Days with more on the agenda.
· Has participating met your expectations?
Its great to see young people come up with amazing ideas to try and make the world a better place. It’s been amazing to see how random ideas shape into actual actions and how the next generation has so much enthusiasm to make the world a better place for everyone.
· What has been the most challenging part about participating in the programme?
Keeping the pupils focused when they are working in groups but with a bit of persuading they soon get back on track.
· What would you say to others considering participating in the programme?
Get involved guys you will love it!!!!
Its great to see that Tarmac have a desire to reduce their Carbon footprint as much as possible, its also great to see that they want to get involved with young people to show them that we are eager to get the next generation working within the Business.
We are proud and grateful to have you on board Scott – thank you for all your help!
Answers written by: Scott Rawlings, Quarry Supervisor, Tarmac
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.