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Mentoring is a supportive and inspiring way to introduce young people to a career in your sector. Both mentors and mentees benefit from raised confidence, focus, motivation and communication skills. If you're helping someone at risk of social exclusion, the role can be potentially life-changing for you and your mentees.

Making a difference

A mentoring scheme can help you identify new recruits at an early stage in their career and help prepare them for the working world.

You'll find mentoring programmes at many universities that you can get involved in.

Have you considered getting involved with vulnerable youngsters who might be at high risk of social exclusion?

Organisations such as SAMHRemploy and Capability Scotland can support your mentoring of individuals who have disabilities, mental health issues, or learning difficulties.

Five things to consider

  • Figure out how you’re going to monitor the programme and who you will involve parents in appropriate.
  • Give some some thought to whether and how you will screen prospective mentors and mentees
  • How will you match mentors to their mentees?
  • How can you prepare young mentees for the workplace in terms of culture and etiquette, time management, problem solving, making connections and learning interview techniques
  • What training, support and supervision will you give to mentors?

And don't forget

  • What will be the frequency of contact between mentor and mentee?
  • Would you consider financial assistance to young people, especially those who are socially excluded?
  • Have you linked up with organisations that can help you and your mentees?
  • Have you put in place a structured and graded programme of activities, training, achievable goals and end results?
  • What will be the next step for the mentee after their programme is finished? Can you link up with agencies to help them develop a career plan?

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about the nuts and bolts of mentoring

What is mentoring?

A relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.

What preparation do I need to become a mentor?

Most initiatives and programmes will support you in your preparation, either through training, toolkits, guides or a relevant contact that you can speak to throughout your mentoring commitment.

How much time do I need to commit?

This usually depends on you and how much time you can spare. Depending on the initiative, you might be asked for an agreed commitment which could be as little as one hour per week.

How do I get paired up with my mentee?

This will depend on the mentoring initiative or programme you choose to participate in. Matching can be done through availablility, location, requirements or interests. You can find out more from the initiatives websites.

Do I need previous experience?

Experience of mentoring young people can be advantageous but not mandatory. You could always learn something new through this process yourself.

Do I need to live near my mentee?

This is dependent on the mentoring programme you choose: Face-to-face mentoring would require you to live nearby. E-mentoring only requires both parties to have a working internet connection.

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