Work shadowing inspiring woman, Pamela Smith from Barnardo’s

Year 10 student, Beth had the amazing opportunity to work shadow VEMT Project Worker at Barnardo’s, Pamela Smith for the day on Monday 6 March 2017.

As part of the work that Foundation for Jobs Redcar & Cleveland and Inspiring Women are doing to inspire young women, this showed Beth the many career opportunities available to women of today.

Pamela Smith’s role at Barnardo’s involves many responsibilities including: working with Cleveland Police VEMT (Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing, Trafficked) team to assess new intelligence and information, working with young people to provide initial support and advice and managing a team of volunteers.

Beth told us all about her day work shadowing: “First of all I started at the police station and Pamela told me about her role and what it includes, day to day. After speaking to Pamela, I spoke to someone who worked in the VEMT (Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing, Trafficked) programme, who explained how she works to find missing people and the push and pull factors of it.”

Beth then added: “Later in the day we travelled to SECOS for lunch, where I met even more people and I watched a video clip called ‘isn’t your fault’, a resource they use at SECOS, starring people in Middlesbrough. It had a really great message!”

The experience gave Beth an insight into Pamela’s role, allowing her to understand more about working in an external business. After speaking to Beth, she said her favourite part was having the opportunity to talk to a range of different people about their roles.

Overall Beth had a really great experience and was really glad that she took part. We would like to thank Pamela Smith for allowing Beth to accompany her during the day.