We have seen the difference a successful mentoring relationship can make to the life of a young person and we are very grateful to you for volunteering your time and sharing your workplace knowledge. This page will help you prepare for starting your mentoring experience and answer any questions you may have.
How it works
You’ll meet with a young person aged 14-18 on a monthly basis, at your workplace or their school/college. Meetings last approximately an hour.
Together, you’ll speak about their different career options & pathways, helping them to understand more about the world of work and the skills they'll need to kickstart a rewarding future.
We have two mentoring options available:
• Sep-July with Year 10 students (aged 14/15)*
• Jan-Dec with Year 12/13 students (aged 16-18)
*Only available in Essex, Suffolk, and the Black Country.
We have a range of support and guidance documents, available further down this page, to make your volunteering experience straightforward.
You will be informed if you have been successfully matched to a young person or not in September if you are volunteering for our Y10 programme and in December - January for our Y12/13 programme.
Recruitment & selection
All our volunteers must register via our online application form and complete an enhanced DBS check.
If you're an employer and would like to promote our mentoring opportunities within your organisation then we have put together an Employer Volunteer Recruitment Pack to support you in this.
On completion of the volunteer registration form and DBS process, we start allocating mentors to schools & colleges from November onwards.
It should be noted that we are at times unable to place every registered and DBS- cleared volunteer due to programme capacity. We appreciate how disappointing this can be so we try our best to ensure that this doesn't happen and instead place volunteers, if they so wish, on our masterclass activities.
Timeline & key dates for our Y12/13 programme
Applications for new mentors open
Deadline for new volunteer registrations
October - December
Mentors matched to schools/colleges
Mentor briefing sessions
Mentors matched to students
Icebreaker sessions delivered in schools & colleges
February - December
Mentoring meetings take place once a month
Mentoring programme finishes
Keeping you informed
We aim to keep all volunteers and employers up-to-date and engaged throughout our mentoring programme. This includes:
- Automated emails to complete the registration and DBS process, including confirmation emails
- A welcome message for each volunteer from their local Regional Manager, sharing further information about the next stages and information on our student matching process
- A monthly bulletin to each mentor with updates, tips and best practice, and surveys on how their mentee is progressing
- A mentor progress report for employers who provide several mentors
3 ways to prepare for being a mentor
Make sure that your DBS is complete
The safeguarding of young people is our utmost priority. All volunteers who register to become a mentor must complete an enhanced criminal records check (DBS) before they start the programme. We also ask all our volunteers to read our Safeguarding Policy.
It is your responsibility to ensure this is completed as quickly as possible – mentoring is a popular volunteering role and we will prioritise matching volunteers who are cleared. You may be invited to your first mentoring icebreaker meeting before your DBS clearance has been completed but you must ensure your cleared is completed for your mentoring relationship to continue.
For further information about the DBS process then please check out the GBG website (our DBS provider) or, for specific questions and support regarding your application, get in touch with our Volunteer Operations Manager.
If you ever have any concerns regarding a safeguarding issue then please contact our Safeguarding Officer, in line with our Safeguarding Policy.
Attend one of our briefing sessions
We ask that all new mentors attend one of our telephone briefing sessions ahead of starting the programme. These sessions, delivered via telephone conferencing, ensure that we are able to share practical and best practice information with you and answer any questions which volunteer(s) may have.
Briefing sessions for our Y10 programme run throughout September.
Briefing sessions for our Y12 programme run through October – January.
If you are unable to attend one of our briefing sessions or would like to revisit the information then you can download our PowerPoint presentations at the bottom of the page.
Read our mentor handbook
If you have any questions about mentoring or the DBS process, check out our FAQs (below) or contact our Volunteer Operations Manager.
In addition to the support offered by our regional team, we have also created a library of resources offering more information, guidance and support with mentoring.
The Career Ready Mentor Handbook acts as a mentor's guide to the mentoring relationship.
The Career Ready Student Logbook acts as a student's guide through the mentoring relationship.
Powerpoint briefing slides for mentors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who are either dialling into a teleconference mentor briefing session or are unable to attend a briefing.
A PowerPoint presentation and Session Leader Guide to brief mentors who are taking part in the Year 10 mentoring programme and help them to understand all the elements involved.