Oppidan has been running a Young Leaders Programme in which 16/17 year olds come and spend a week on work experience with the Oppidan team at Second Home. Garry wrote a brief article on his time with Oppidan.
I very much enjoyed my time in Oppidan Education’s Young Leaders Programme. It was one of the best work experiences that I could have hoped for. Henry and Walter and the entire Oppidan team were all incredibly welcoming and supportive.
During the week, I sat in on a variety of meetings as well as in some interviews for potential Oppidan mentors. It was great to see how the decision-making process was shared at Oppidan, and my opinions were often solicited and always valued.
The week was geared towards me understanding Oppidan’s business and generating ideas for a project that would lead to Oppidan’s growth and development. I was encouraged to bring the latest thinking from leading business schools into my analysis, which was a fantastic learning experience.
In the end, I proposed the launch of an Oppidan Junior Mentor’s programme and I presented my ideas to the Oppidan team on Friday. I was given valuable feedback, and I was honoured to be asked to continue working with Oppidan to implement my project. The project gave the week a great sense of purpose and urgency, making the week hugely productive for me (and hopefully for Oppidan).
The programme showed me Oppidan’s underlying ethos of mutual development and respect, and I was very impressed by how committed Henry and Walter were to making sure I got the most I could out of the experience, which is unsurprising given how committed they are to mentoring. I couldn’t recommend Oppidan’s Young Leaders Programme more highly.
If you are in Year 11 to 13 and would like to apply for the Young Leaders Programme 2020 then keep an eye out for when applications open in January 2020! For more details, contact email@example.com