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Mentoring a Career Academy student

Do you want to develop your coaching and mentoring skills?

Mentoring a Career Academy student allows you to fit a volunteering opportunity around your schedule while making a real difference to the life of a young person. 

As a mentor, you play a crucial part in a student’s journey from education to the workplace.
You will be matched with a 16-19 year old while they pursue their studies (equivalent to three A-Levels/Scottish Highers) and prepare for employment or university.
Give practical advice on CVs and applications.
Act as a guide, sounding board and critical friend.
Help the student develop employability skills, soft skills and confidence/self-esteem.
Increase student’s awareness of jobs and career possibilities, helping to raise their aspirations.
Benefits to the mentor 
Develop coaching, communication and interpersonal skills.
Appreciate first hand the issues young people face on leaving school.
Talent spot for future employees.
Make a real difference to a young person’s career aspirations.
Length of commitment and flexibility
E-mentoring
E-mentoring takes place from September 2014 to February 2016. You will be matched with up to two students who you will contact via a secure digital platform with resources and activities to help them - and you - progress. All communication is online so it is completely flexible. Online training is provided for all mentors. 
Face-to-face mentoring 
You will be matched with a student who you will meet a minimum of 10 times over 18 months across two academic years. You arrange the meetings at a time convenient to you both. Meetings usually last up to 90 minutes (mostly in your workplace).
Support provided 
Career Academies UK has been working with volunteers for twelve years and provide ongoing structured support to ensure this is a mutually beneficial relationship. 
Online training is provided for all e-mentors as well as guidance on the digital platform.
Face-to-face mentors will receive a handbook and attend a briefing. 
Support from Career Academies UK staff and peer support via national LinkedIn groups.
About you 
You must have some knowledge and experience of the workplace and be committed to raising the aspirations of a young person. Additional skills include:
Communication (clear speaking and listening)
Patience
Empathy
Ability to guide and coach.

Did you know that one of the most commonly cited reasons for employers rejecting young workers is their lack of employability skills – resilience, self-discipline, time-keeping, teamwork – summed up in the phrase ‘the right attitude’?

Career Academy students have the academic potential to get a job, but lack the right networks, role models and aspirations. Our programme gives them regular contact with employers just like you, who can help them develop this "right attitude", teaching them anything from the value of a proper handshake to a well-researched presentation as well as opening their eyes to the wide range of job opportunities that exist in specific sectors.

With your help, these students will not swell the ranks of the unemployed, but go on to positive destinations with the abilities to pursue successful careers.

The role

As a mentor, you play a crucial part in the student's journey from education to the workplace, acting as a guide, sounding board and critical friend.

You will be matched with a 16-19 year old while they pursue their studies (equivalent to three A-Levels/Scottish Highers) and prepare for employment or university.

Career Academies UK has been working with volunteers for twelve years and provide ongoing structured support to ensure this is a mutually beneficial relationship.  

  • Develop coaching, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Appreciate first hand the issues young people face on leaving school
  • Talent spot for future employees
  • Make a real difference to a young person’s career aspirations

You should currently be in work and want to raise the aspirations of a young person. Training is provided for all mentors.

Length of commitment and flexibility

Face-to-face mentoring: You will be matched with a student who you will meet a minimum of 10 times over 18 months across two academic years. You arrange the meetings at a time convenient to you both. Meetings usually last up to 90 minutes (mostly in your workplace).

Download a full description of the mentoring role. 

If you are interested in e-mentoring, please note that we have currently reached our required quota for this year and we would ask you to consider face-to-face mentoring instead. However, spaces may become available and if you would like to know more or be considered for any spaces that might arise, please contact general.enquiries@careeracademies.org.uk. 

Still not convinced?

In research by FreshMinds, 75% listed professional development as a benefit of engaging with the Career Academy programme.

Read the research here.

To become a mentor, contact us here or email general.enquiries@careeracademies.org.uk with your name, company and contact number. Please mention where you heard about the opportunity.

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