A new mentoring scheme has been launched in schools across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
The Mentoring Programme funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and coordinated by CSW Group will support young people aged 13 – 15 who have been identified as being able to benefit from the support of a business mentor.
A network of mentors is being recruited from the world of business and industry and has already attracted volunteers from The Nationwide Building Society and the Armed forces. Their skills will be matched to individual students so that they can help these young people, many of who will be disadvantaged, to fulfil their potential and gain a brighter future.
Project lead Yvonne Paddon of CSW Group said: “Disadvantage is not a choice for young people so it shouldn’t be allowed to impact on them, this initiative is all about nurturing talent and creating opportunities,” adding, “ CSW Group have spent over 20 years building bridges; connecting students to training and education, enabling them to flourish and broaden their horizons. The mentors involved in this project will do just that.”
The 16 month recruitment will be targeted at recruitment of over 500 mentors who will help more than 600 students in total.
Debra Scarratt from Inspired to Achieve, a subsidiary of Yarlington Housing group said: “we are delighted to be a part of the Mentoring programme which will help improve the partnership between schools and industry to give young people an opportunity to strive.”
Caroline Ward, Mentoring Project Co-ordinator, pointed stated: “Mentoring produces amazing results, all young people deserve the very best we can offer them regardless of their personal circumstances and I am looking forward to getting involved in this inspiring project.”
Potential mentors may be currently in business or recently retired and only need to need to offer as little as one hour per month. CSW Group will offer any training and support that they may require, carry out a DBS check and match them to appropriate students. If you feel you could help please contact Caroline.Ward@cswgroup.co.uk for mentoring opportunities across Somerset.