The successful bidders for the Mentoring Fund have now been announced. In total 39 mentoring organisations have secured funds following a competitive bid process to scale up tried and tested employer mentoring programmes. The funding will target almost 20,000 students across the country.
What are the benefits of mentoring?
Evidence shows that providing mentor support to young people at risk of disengagement can help to "level the playing field". It can also support social mobility and improve life chances.
In January 2016, the government announced the launch of a national mentoring campaign. We are delighted to have been asked to play a coordinating role in this important mission, joining the dots between schools and colleges, employers, mentoring organisations and young people.
We are committed to growing the number of high-quality, employer-led mentoring relationships across England ensuring that each year 25,000 young people at risk of disengagement in the run-up to their GCSEs have a mentor in place by 2020.
How will we achieve our mentoring goals?
1. We provide funding
We are providing £10 million in funding for organisations to scale up existing best practice mentoring programmes. This will be aligned to our target groups and target outcomes as well as the priorities outlined by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). We will work together with the beneficiaries of this fund over the coming years.
2. We are building a mentoring community
We are building a community of organisations that are committed to delivering best-practice mentoring. We will support this community through our Enterprise Adviser Network and begin to build an evidence base on mentoring across England to help to create long-term change.
By joining this community, you will have opportunities to network with other mentoring organisations around England. The community will be a space for its members to share best practice, find out what activities have had the most positive outcomes and learn how others are successfully measuring the impact of their mentoring programmes. Together this community will raise the standard of mentoring in England and help more young people achieve their career goals.