Business mentors can be a positive role model for young people, acting as a sounding board to help young people clarify their ideas and plans for the future. Mentors receive training and meet their ‘mentee’ every couple of weeks.
Volunteers support residents with various aspects of their job search and career development.
- assisting with CVs
- web searches for suitable vacancies
- helping to write application forms, covering letters and supporting statements
- interview preparation and feedback
- identifying learning and development opportunities
- support during the initial period of employment
Mentors support unemployed 18- 24 year old local residents, who could be parents, care leavers, ex-offenders, disabled people and other client groups which need extra employment support. Residents submit an expression of interest form and are pre-screened before they are accepted on the programme to ensure that they can benefit from mentoring.
Mentoring sessions usually take place within the business mentor’s lunch hour and close to their place of work. Mentors should be able to commit their support for the full duration of the mentoring relationship as this ensures consistency and minimises disruption to the progress of the job-seeker. Mentors are matched to residents based on their expressed interest and the skills and knowledge they can bring to the mentoring relationship.
What skills will I need?
Residents may need encouragement to apply for jobs, or consolation if they have not been granted an interview. You will need to have the patience to explain things in a calm and pleasant manner. You will need to be able to spot simple spelling mistakes in covering letters and have a basic knowledge of searching the internet for information.
What support is available?
You will be offered an initial induction/training session where you will be given a pack of useful materials. A member of the Business and Employment Support Team (BEST) will guide you through the process and provide additional support. Further help for specific target groups will be available from our specialist partners.
Benefits to you and your staff
- The satisfaction of having a real impact on job seekers / young people in increasing their understanding of the expectations of employers.
- A chance to develop links with the community you work in and help to make Islington a better place for everyone who works and lives here.
- An opportunity to develop new skills which can support career development and improve confidence for line managers.
Employer Engagement Team
Strategy and Community Partnerships
Tel: 0207 527 3465