Who can become a mentor?
We prefer our volunteers to be in employment as it allows the potential to offer students more opportunities, but we recognise that volunteers can have a significant impact regardless of their current employment status.
In Scotland, our mentors must work for one of our employer partners. You can find out more about this here.
We have no expectation of where our volunteers work, we value the input and experience that all volunteers bring and the varied ways they have reached their current employment and chosen career pathway.
What support will I be provided as a mentor?
We seek to provide the best possible volunteering experience for all our mentors. We provide a range of on-boarding and on-going support resources for all volunteers, including briefing calls and handbooks. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, all mentors also receive monthly email to provide support ahead of their next meeting with a young person; in Scotland these emails are sent on a termly basis.
We also have a team of Regional Managers and a Volunteer Operations Manager who are on hand to handle any questions or issues you may have.
I completed my application, am I guaranteed to be mentoring a student?
Completing your mentor application is the first step in becoming a mentor. Unfortunately, to due high demand we can’t place everyone who applies.
We will review your application and will match you to a student depending on local availability and compatibility with our students.
Where will mentoring sessions take place?
The health and welfare of our young people, volunteers, and wider network is our utmost priority. Naturally, given the current situation, we are having to make some changes to our programme delivery to best protect all parties. That’s why, until further notice, all mentoring meetings will now be done digitally via Microsoft Teams or other video conferencing platforms.
Normally, we strongly encourage you to hold your mentoring sessions at your work place so that your mentee can experience a real workplace. It also helps to cut down your travel time.
If this is not possible, please ensure you either meet in the school or in a public place such as a coffee shop. On occasion there may be a group mentoring session at the school/college which will be organised in advance – the school/college coordinator will inform you of this.
What should I do about a safeguarding concern?
We take safeguarding very seriously and it is your duty as a responsible adult to report anything suspicious. Contact our national office at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
You can find out more in our Safeguarding Policy.
Can I be matched to a specific school?
We do our best to match you where you have specified but sometimes this is not always possible. We prioritise our matches based mainly on locality of the address you have provided to ensure you and your mentee are in reasonable reach of one another.