Mentoring Works matches business volunteers to students in London secondary schools and sixth forms for a 10 month period.  The programme offers businesses an opportunity to have a long term relationship and impact on a young person’s life.

Mentors and students develop a supportive relationship in which young people are encouraged to expand their visions of what they want to achieve in life and acquire the professional and interpersonal skills needed to be successful in their chosen career.

The programme is currently in six schools and three sixth forms in Islington with a further two schools joining the programme in September 2016.  These and their business partners are:

  • St Aloysius College and Hammerson
  • Holloway School and MUFG
  • City of London Academy Islington and Deutsche Bank
  • Arts and Media School, Islington and Expedia
  • Highbury Fields School and AXA
  • Elizabeth Garret Anderson School and Macquarie Group

Sixth Form relationships:

  • City and Islington Sixth Form College and Macquarie Group
  • City and Islington College, Centre for Business, Arts and Technology and Expedia
  • City of London Academy Islington and Deutsche Bank
  • City and Islington Sixth Form College and Charles Russell Speechlys

The Need

Students in north London can be impacted upon by limited horizons and a lack of positive role models, leading to potential underachievement. Mentoring tackles this problem in an effective and impactful way by providing motivation, academic and moral support and help with raising aspirations. The Mentoring Works programme offers a vital employability focus that supports young people to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to get good jobs in the future and enable them to compete with other young people in London from more privileged backgrounds. By connecting students to business mentors, they get an insight to the working world. Even though most students live in close proximity to the City of London, being part of the mentoring scheme and visiting their mentor’s workplace means that they often visit the City for the first time in the process.

Objectives of the Programme

  • Demonstrate a strong link between academic achievement and gaining employment.
  • Help a student appreciate and understand their own strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to develop their future career plans.
  • Learn about their mentor’s particular career path and benefit from their experience.
  • Provide an insight into the corporate world to help them feel more confident (Many students use this to gain work experience in their mentor’s company).