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Romford student helping teenagers find career opportunities

PUBLISHED: 12:36 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:45 18 January 2016

Tebby Iguisi

Tebby Iguisi

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A university student is determined to help teenagers find opportunities that will help them in their careers after graduating.

Teeby Iguisi, 20, of Romford, has helped set up website Paving the Way UK which aims to run workshops, seminars and get youngsters relevant work experience in competitive industries including law, finance and engineering.

He said: “We help people before starting their degrees, so that after university finding and getting the job which they desire will be facilitated.

“This is important because young people are lacking the necessary skills and work experience which the modern employer seeks and a lot of students are finding it hard to gain these skills and experience.

“So I find that my organisation is important in helping to build this generation.”

Teeby, who studies law with French law at the University of Sheffield, kickstarted the educational programme for 16-18-year-olds with a few of his friends after he realised the extent students were struggling to find a job post-uni.

He said: “The reason I decided to create such an organisation is due to me previously applying for jobs who declined me on the basis that I lacked some basic yet necessary skills.

“So I believe I have the opportunity to build young people so that they don’t go through the same troubles as I did.”

The only requirement for students to be able to take part in workshops is that they have achieved A*-B GCSE grades as Tebby says Paving the Way UK is about providing “excellent opportunities for some of the 
most gifted and talented students”.

He said: “Statistics show that thousands of graduates are out of work, and that a third of working graduates took jobs as cleaners, office juniors and road sweepers six months after leaving university – to me this is unacceptable.

“We aim to bridge the gap between the highest achieving students and the more competitive sectors, unlocking the potential of top achieving students.”

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