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Mentoring2022-07-25T12:50:39+00:00
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Mentoring with
Career Ready

We connect young people with inspiring mentors who help them to achieve their potential.

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About mentoring with Career Ready

For 20 years, we’ve connected young people aged 15-18 with inspiring mentors who support them in gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence to kickstart their futures. 

Over the course of our Career Ready programme, students meet with a mentor at one of our employer partners to speak about different career options and pathways, the world of work, and the skills needed to kickstart a rewarding future.

Each monthly session builds on the last, with students reflecting on their progress against our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes. Including:

  • Communications & Networking
  • Organisational Skills
  • Managing Myself
  • Problem Solving & Analysis

Whether you are a volunteer, employer, young person, school or college, find out more and how you can get involved:

employers & volunteers
Young People
schools & colleges

Laura’s support has helped me so much. My confidence has grown and she’s helped me with my CV as well as my personal statement to university. Thanks to her guidance, I now feel prepared to study pharmacy at university.

Zahrah Aljurani, London

Employers & volunteers

Becoming a Career Ready mentor is an inspiring, flexible way to help a young person unlock their true potential and discover the right career path for them. It’s also a fantastic way for employers to provide rewarding volunteering opportunities for their team.

It involves a series of monthly meetings between a young person and a volunteer from the world of work. Each meeting lasts an hour and the mentor and mentee speak about different career options and pathways, as well as the skills needed for the world of work.

We provide ongoing support and training to volunteers, ensuring they have a rewarding and impactful experience. And we particularly welcome applications from volunteers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 

Find out more
get involved
Throughout August and September, we will run a series of weekly sessions where you can find out more about mentoring.

Invest in young talent with Career Ready – all about mentoring

Thu 11 August, 4.00 pm - Thu 27 October, 5.00 pm

Mentoring a young person is very fulfilling. Working with my mentee helps me tune into the concerns and challenges they are facing and that’s certainly beneficial at work. Having the perspective of my mentee in mind broadens my thinking and frame of reference.

Jenny Pelling, Apprenticeship Partnerships Director at Kaplan Financial

Young People

Having a Career Ready mentor is your opportunity to tap into the workplace knowledge, skills, and experience of a volunteer from the world of work.

You will meet with your mentor once a month and chat about your career and education journey, helping you to discover different career options, pathways, and skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain further skills through our series of our masterclasses and then get to put them into action with a paid internship.

And once you’ve completed the programme you can join our Alumni Network and build your professional network even further by connecting with other students across the UK.

Find out more

How mentoring transforms lives

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The power of volunteering
Volunteering with Career Ready has helped me develop my leadership skills and I have had the satisfaction of witnessing my advice have an impact on my mentees career and professional development.
Madalyn Mathews, Digital Marketing Assistant and Career Ready Alumni

If you can empower a young person and potentially affect their life for years to come, it’s worth every minute. I am proud to have just started my fifth year as a mentor because of this.

Mimi Kyprianou, Clifford Chance
I started volunteering for Career Ready to help a young person fulfil their potential and now, two years in, not only am I witnessing that impact, but it’s also enriching my own sense of purpose.
Jenny Pelling, Apprenticeship Partnerships Director at Kaplan Financial

As a mentor to Olivia from The King Edmund School, I’ve seen the difference which third-party support can have on a young person’s life – you fill in the gaps between information and guidance given at school and help them plot their chosen career path.

Katie Burrett, Business Coordinator of K. Burrett Cleaning Services
Mentoring on the Career Ready programme is a wonderful and fulfilling experience because it gives you the opportunity to genuinely make a positive impact on a young person’s life. The impact crosses generations too; not only will the life of your mentee be changed, but so will the lives of their children and their grandchildren.
Laura Flynn, Mentor of the Year 2022

I became a mentor because I was keen to use my experiences to help a young person reach their full potential. I believe that we will only achieve true social mobility when we actively even up the playing field for all students and was keen to help make this happen by supporting and volunteering with Career Ready.

Edward Keelan, Octopus Investments and 2020 Mentor of the Year for the South of England

Find out more

Becoming a Career Ready mentor is an inspiring, flexible way to help a young person unlock their true potential and discover the right career path for them. It’s also a fantastic way for employers to provide rewarding volunteering opportunities for their team.

How it works

Our mentoring programme is a series of monthly meetings, each one building on the last, between a young person and a volunteer from the world of work. Each meeting lasts an hour and focuses on a different aspect of the student’s career and education journey, as outlined in our mentoring handbook.

Our mentoring programme in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland supports young people aged 16-18 and runs from January-December, with applications welcome from August – October. 

We ask that employers and mentors work with us to also provide paid internships for young people on our programme; funding support is available for smaller businesses.

In Scotland, it supports young people aged 15-17 (S5/S6), running for 18 months from October. To mentor in Scotland, you must work for a Career Ready partner employer, as we ask that each mentor’s employer provides a paid, four week internship.

Together, mentors and mentees speak about their different career options and pathways, the world of work, and the skills needed to kickstart a rewarding future. We have a range of support and guidance documents, and briefing sessions, to make your volunteering experience straightforward.

Application process 

Getting involved is a three step process:

  1. Submit a registration form 
  2. Complete the application form sent to you via email 
  3. Complete the required DBS/GBG process, including verifying your documents at the Post Office. 

You can find out more on our Preparing to Mentor webpage and further information will be sent to you once you have submitted your initial application 

The support we provide

Our team helps guide each mentor through the application process, including the required DBS/GBG process.

We provide a range of onboarding and ongoing support, including training, briefing calls and handbooks. All hosted in our volunteer portal for easy, secure access.

We also have a team of Regional Managers and an Operations Team who are on hand to handle any questions or issues you may have throughout your volunteering journey.

All mentors also receive emails to provide support ahead of their next meeting.

The difference you’ll make

By sharing their professional and life experience, mentors can help young people:

  • Identify their personal strengths and skills for development
  • Present themselves in a professional manner
  • Explore different career paths and how to navigate towards them
  • Gain real experience of the world of work e.g. by visiting you at your office

Becoming a Career Ready mentor is also a great way of growing your professional skill set, developing your leadership, guidance, and relationship building skills. It may also count towards your organisation’s CPD scheme.

Sign up to volunteer

Joining the Career Ready programme and having a Career Ready mentor is your opportunity to tap into the workplace knowledge, skills, and experience of a volunteer from the world of work.

How it works

You will meet with your mentor once a month and chat about your career and education journey, helping you to discover different career options, pathways, and skills. And you will gain further skills through our series of our masterclasses and then get to put them into action with a paid internship.

To help you throughout the programme, you will receive ongoing tips, guidance, and support.

To join the Career Ready programme you must be in a Career Ready partner school or college and be put forward for the programme by a teacher.

Once you’ve been accepted onto the programme you will be matched to a volunteer mentor from a Career Ready partner employer.

Benefits

Having a mentor can be a life-changing experience. Through their support you can:

  • Learn new skills
  • Identify your strengths and develop new ones
  • Discover new careers and job roles
  • Grow in self-confidence
  • Build a network to support you in education and employment

And once you’ve completed the programme you can join our Alumni Network and build your professional network even further by connecting with other students across the UK.

Our mentoring programme is a high-impact, no-cost way of ensuring that your learners have additional support in making informed decisions about their future education and career.

We work across the UK, in partnership with 400+ schools and colleges, to provide young people aged 15-18 with inspiring mentors from the world of work.

We specialise in supporting young people who lack the opportunities, networks, and confidence to reach their potential, providing them with the support they need to kickstart a rewarding and successful future.

How it works

Our mentoring programme is a series of monthly meetings, each one building on the last, between a Career Ready student and a volunteer from the world of work.

Our mentoring programme in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland supports young people aged 16-18 and runs from January-December. We also aim to ensure that each student is provided with a paid work place experience as part of our programme. 

In Scotland, we support young people aged 15-17 (S5/S6), running for 18 months from October, with each student guaranteed a paid internship at the workplace of their mentor. 

Over the course of the programme, students, with their mentors, reflect on their progress mapped against our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes. Including:

  • Communications & Networking
  • Organisational Skills
  • Managing Myself
  • Problem Solving & Analysis

All Career Ready mentors are DBS-checked and advised on safeguarding principles and codes of conduct prior to being matched with a young person.

There is no cost to our partner schools & colleges for our mentoring programme.

Impact

Career Ready mentors can transform lives, providing their mentee with the skills, confidence, and attitude to reach their potential and kickstart a rewarding future.

Last year, we supported 4,000+ young people on our mentoring programme.

98% of our students went onto a positive destination after graduating from the programme, compared to the national average of 89%, with a growing number selecting to do degree apprenticeship in a business they know.

Find out more about our impact or speak to us about getting involved. 

Let’s get started…

Whether you are an employer, volunteer, school or college, register today and get involved:

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