Local employers set to inspire young people through new mentoring scheme

09 February 2017

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions is set to launch a mentoring programme to help inspire young people by teaming them up with local business people.

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions is set to launch a mentoring programme to help inspire young people by teaming them up with local business people.

The scheme, which launches this month, secured funding from The Careers and Enterprise Company to set up an employer mentoring programme for young people in Hertfordshire.

Ten business people have already signed up to it and will begin mentoring young people across Hertfordshire this term, however, more are needed.

Executive Member for Enterprise, Education and Skills, County Councillor David Williams said: “Mentoring can be a really worthwhile and rewarding activity for both mentor and mentee and can have the potential to be a powerful personal development tool for young people.”

“We want to recruit employer mentors with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests, who can offer an hour or two fortnightly for a minimum of 6 months.”

“It is a brilliant opportunity to inspire and motivate the workforce of the future and really help young people to aspire to succeed. If you think you could help, please get in touch.”

The programme is designed to support students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging and underachieving in their studies. Its aim is to give them support and encouragement and inspire them to explore their career opportunities.

The scheme aims to help at least 250 young people across the county over the next three years. Local schools are being approached to identify students who may benefit from this additional support.

Youth Connexions is one of 39 mentoring organisations across the country, targeting almost 20,000 students.

Tim Edwards, Information, Advice and Guidance Manager for Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, said: “Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been working closely with Youth Connexions in developing the Enterprise Adviser Network across Hertfordshire. This has enabled local schools to be partnered with a local business person to allow them to work together at a strategic level to help prepare students for the world of work. The Careers and Enterprise Company has provided a Mentoring

Fund to scale up tried and tested employer mentoring programmes. Youth Connexions were successful in securing this funding for Hertfordshire, which will allow them to continue the great work they do supporting the young people of Hertfordshire to make informed decisions about their future.”

For more information on how to get involved in employer mentoring contact Youth Connexions on 01438 843610 or email iagyouthconnexions@hertfordshire.gov.uk or visit the Careers & Enterprise Company’s website www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/mentoring