Youth Connexions secures funding for mentoring programme to inspire young people

14 December 2016

YC Hertfordshire has secured funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company to set up an employer mentoring programme for young people in Hertfordshire.

The employer mentoring programme is designed to support students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging and underachieving in their studies. Young people will be partnered with a local business person who will give them support and encouragement and inspire them to explore their 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.

Daniel Gendle, Senior Enterprise Co-Ordinator of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, 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 & 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 iagyouthconnexions@hertfordshire.gov.uk or visit the Careers & Enterprise Company’s website www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/mentoring