Funding successful mentoring programmes

In January 2016 the government announced the launch of a national mentoring campaign to strengthen and support mentoring across the country. Our role in this important mission is to bring together schools and colleges, employers, mentoring organisations and young people to grow the number of high-quality, employer-led mentoring relationships across England.

The Mentoring Fund is used to support year 8-10 students who are at risk of disengaging from education. Our Mapping Disengagement research provides a model to measure disengagement across England. Funds are then allocated to organisations across the country to help them work with employers to deliver more successful mentoring to support more young people.

Why mentoring makes a difference

Mentoring can support young people’s engagement with education, their attainment and transition to work. Evidence shows that employer mentoring can have a significant and observable impact on young people, and be a positive experience for mentors. Positive outcomes for young people include improvements in behaviour, engagement, attainment and progression.

Read our Effective Employer Mentoring research

Engaging more young people

Our aim is to support 25,000 young people who are at risk of disengaging, by 2020. We’re doing this by investing £4 million in the period up until August 2018 in 39 mentoring programmes across England. We will continue to work with grant recipients over the coming years to help young people unlock their employment potential, investing a further £8m in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.

Building a Mentoring Community

The Mentoring Community brings together mentoring organisations from across England to enable them to work together to improve their programmes. Supported by our Enterprise Adviser Network, the community helps organisations share best practice, deepen their understanding of effective mentoring programmes and identify the best ways to support young people in their education and employment choices. 

Being part of the community gives you the opportunity to network with other mentoring organisations across England. By joining you can:

  • discover the activities that have the most positive outcomes
  • learn how other people measure the impact of mentoring programmes
  • share best practice
  • become part of a community that is helping to raise the standard of mentoring

Join the Mentoring Community


Mentoring campaign prospectus

This prospectus details our approach to best-practice mentoring and our campaign aims in full.

The Good Bidding Guide

This guide aims to help you to produce successful bids and tenders. It focuses on investment from our funds but is designed to be useful in winning funding from other sources.

Characteristics of Effective Programmes

This highlights excellent practice from our community and provides a framework for effective delivery so that we can all continue to improve careers and enterprise learning for young people.