A mentor from the world of work
Employers and volunteers
Getting involved with our programme is a fun and flexible way to inspire young people, unlock their true potential, and guide them through the early stages of their career journey.
We work across Scotland, with employers from across all sectors, to provide over 1,200 young people with inspiring mentors from the world of work. We specialise in supporting young people in S5/S6 who lack the opportunities, networks, and social capital to reach their potential.
How it works
We ask all of our employer supporters to provide each student they support with a mentor and a paid internship in their organisation.
Staring in the autumn, a mentor and student meet every 4 weeks. Each meeting lasts up to 90 minutes and focuses on the student’s education and career journey. Over the course of the programme, they reflect on the student’s progress mapped against our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes.
Naturally, given the current situation, all mentoring meetings will be delivered digitally via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other videoconferencing platforms until it is safe to meet in person.
We have a range of support and guidance documents, and briefing sessions, to ensure that it is a straightforward and time-sensitive volunteering experience.
All Career Ready mentors are PVG–cleared and advised on safeguarding principles and codes of conduct prior to meeting with a young person on a one-to-one basis.
Impact and benefits
Career Ready mentors can transform lives, providing their mentee with the skills, confidence, and attitude to reach their potential.
Getting involved also delivers business benefits to our employer supporters and their volunteers. It gives volunteers the opportunity to develop their leadership, guidance, and relationship building skills – it can even count towards many organisation’s CPD schemes.
91% of mentors rated their mentoring and coaching skills as good or better by the end of the programme.
By joining our network of employer supporters, organisations can develop their existing staff, invest in the workforce of tomorrow, and help build a local talent pipeline.