Mentoring Works achieves Approved Provider Standard accreditation

Mentoring Works achieves Approved Provider Standard accreditation

Published on: 
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The BIG Alliance are delighted to have received news that the Mentoring Works programme has been approved for accreditation from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF).

After a five hour visit from an MBF assessor in December, who met with all the Mentoring Works team, as well as interviewing some of the programme's school and company coordinators and participating students and mentors, the MBF were able to confirm that Mentoring Works reached the standard required for accreditation of their Approved Provider Standard (APS).

The APS is the national quality standard designed specifically for all types of mentoring and befriending projects. Projects which are assessed as meeting the requirements of the standard are accredited for three years. APS comprises 10 requirements across four key areas supporting safe and effective practice in mentoring; management and operation, service users, mentors and befrienders and the mentoring and befriending relationship.

Initial feedback from the MBF assessor noted areas she was particularly impressed with, including the programme's model, application forms, evaluation process and the "outstanding" resources. MBF's final report noted the positive impact on students; "traveling to their Mentor's offices gave them an insight into working in the City of London as well as fostering personal responsibility. Mentors were very supportive, guided them in the right way and had changed their perspective on a number of different issues which in turn had raised their confidence." The assessor also described meeting a mentor who had once been a student on the Mentoring Works programme, saying that he had "greatly benefited from being a Mentee. It had improved his confidence and given him an understanding of how he could build a career in the City".

Mentoring Works was established by the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) in 1996 and celebrates 20 years this year, the programme is delivered in Islington by The BIG Alliance. Mentoring Works matches Year 10 and Sixth Form students to business volunteer mentors. The programme aims to introduce young people to the world of work, raise aspiration, enable students to identify career goals and increase employability through the development of seven key competencies; communication, confidence, business awareness, resilience, drive and ambition, self-awareness and adaptability.       

To find out more about Mentoring Works in Islington please contact karolina.szostak@thebigalliance.org.uk