Posted: Monday 18th September 2017
Over 30 mentors and 12 schools are now signed up to a new employer mentoring programme following funding secured earlier this year by YC Hertfordshire from The Careers and Enterprise Company.
The employer mentoring programme supports students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging and / or underachieving in their studies. Young people are partnered with a local employer who supports and encourages them to raise their aspirations, improve their educational attainment and inspire them about their future in the world of work.
Lucy Hammill is a mentor to a student in Year 8. The student wanted help to be more confident in giving answers and asking for help from teachers in lessons and to think about her future plans. Lucy said: “Over the time I had with my mentee I completed work with her on future goals, personal interests, social media, decision making, confidence and work focusing on hair and beauty, looking at option choices and qualifications. I built up a good relationship with my mentee and we were able to talk about her social life and situations with school peers and friends. From this work with her I believe my mentee initially made great progress in her attendance.
“I feel like I have benefitted greatly from mentoring. It has given me the opportunity to carry out one to one work with a young person and given me the ability to try and make a difference in a young person’s life. Mentoring has provided me with more experience in my area of work and given me the opportunity to progress in my career. I have really enjoyed mentoring; preparing work for it and carrying out the meetings. The initial mentor training was thorough and enjoyable and I have felt supported by my supervisor, YC Hertfordshire and the school. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, I have enjoyed it and it has given me the experience and skills to progress in my career.”
In the next 3 years our aim is to support over 250 young people through mentoring. To fulfil this aim more mentors are needed. Mentors need to be in employment, able to volunteer for at least 1 hour a fortnight and able to inspire and motivate young people about the world of work.
We are particularly looking for mentors who can volunteer in any of the following areas; Stevenage, North Hertfordshire, Welwyn, St Albans and Hoddesdon.
For further information please contact Sarah Bennett on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01438 844290.