Key Facts

Mentors should give tangible careers advice, informed by their own experience. (John Holman, Gatsby Foundation)

Top Tips for Delivery

It is important that a good rapport develops between mentor and mentee.
Mentors with a similar background to their mentee often have more success in encouraging positive choices.

Case Study

Future First provides a great way for my pupils to learn about careers and skills. Former students can be inspirational yet approachable role models and their interaction with current students raises their aspirations about what they can do in the future
Malcolm Rose, Deputy Head

Future First provides mentoring (and e-mentoring) services organised via school alumni networks which can provide insight on higher education and specific industry sectors to pupils as well as motivational guidance. Importantly, as mentors are drawn from school alumni networks they are likely to have a similar background to their mentees – a factor which has been identified as influencing the effectiveness of mentoring activities.

For more information see: Future First

STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM. Their network of STEM Ambassadors get involved in a range of activities, including giving careers talks, supporting projects in after-school STEM Clubs and helping students with mock job interviews.

For more information see: Brightside and Futurefirst Mentoring

Link to Research
Careers Guidance & Inspiration in Schools: Departmental Advice for Governing Bodies, School Leaders & School Staff ; DfE 

Funded providers

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 grant recipients
Mentoring Fund grant recipients