Career Ready is today launching a campaign to recruit new mentors for bright 14-19 year olds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our ‘Be a mentor, make a difference’ campaign aims to show the enormous impact that employees can have on young people as they help students prepare for the world of work.
The Career Ready 12-month mentoring programme gives students the skills they need for career success. Every student is matched to a mentor, who becomes that student’s guide, sounding board and critical friend. Mentors use their experience and knowledge to help a young person develop resilience and confidence for the workplace. In return, mentors enhance their personal and professional development.
Alongside our traditional mentoring programme for 16-19 year olds across the UK, we are extending our work to include mentoring for 14-16 year olds in the Black Country, Stoke, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Southend and Thurrock, with the support from the Careers & Enterprise Company. The mentoring programme for 14-16 year olds will start in October 2017, while the programme for 16-19 year olds begins in January 2018.
Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes at Career Ready, said: “Many of our volunteers tell us that mentoring is one of the most rewarding aspects of their working life. And it’s easy to see why: mentors play a vital role in helping young people realise their potential and help them to go on and forge successful careers. They also see themselves develop personally and professionally, often learning a lot about themselves in the process. This year we hope to see even more mentors joining Career Ready, enabling our programme to go from strength to strength. Anyone interested should head to our website to find out more.”
Career Ready mentors meet with their students throughout the year and receive support throughout the structured programme, including a mentoring toolkit as well as regular contact from Career Ready and their student’s school or college. Career Ready welcomes applications from employees from a range of industries. All mentors must be in work and need to be DBS cleared before they are matched to a student.