Become a mentor.

Mentors are professionals currently in employment and with both experience and a comprehensive network of contacts within their sector. They are happy to volunteer their help, are looking to grow by performing the role of mentor and want to provide advice and guidance to the jobseekers (mentees). Ideally, the mentors are specialists within a particular field or work in Human Resources. There is strong demand for mentees from Finance, IT, Telecomms and Consultancy, as well as from construction, manufacturing industry, the arts, the restaurant and hotel sectors, graphic design, senior postholders, social services, adult education and training, research, care and healthcare. The mentors decide who they would like to take on as a mentee and have direct contact with the respective Labour Exchange.

Your Commitment as a Mentor.

The time commitment required for mentoring is reasonable and mentor and mentee agree how the relationship should operate. // Read more The time commitment required for mentoring is reasonable and mentor and mentee agree how the relationship should operate. As a guide, mentors are expected to be in contact with their mentee around four times during a period of three months – by phone, correspondence or face-to-face. The time required is, therefore, around one hour per month, with the mentors passing on their personal and professional experience and helping the mentee with how to tackle the labour market and identifying what employers are looking for. Which strategies are the most successful, how should you present yourself to an employer? Ideally, mentors should have access to career openings and vacancies. // Show less

The Employer’s Commitment.

It’s you, as the potential mentor, who takes the initiative to become involved. However, you may be a line manager or HR Manager who wants their staff to benefit from the mentor role and approach staff about taking part. // Read more It’s you, as the potential mentor, who takes the initiative to become involved. However, you may be a line manager or HR Manager who wants their staff to benefit from the mentor role and approach staff about taking part. Mentoring is a form of job enrichment and encourages the mentor to invest in maintaining their network of contacts and to reflect on their sector, labour market requirements and their own job role. The mentor also adds to their profile the experience of the mentoring process. As an employer, your commitment is to make available time for the mentor and, where necessary, to facilitate access to a network of contacts in your sector. // Show less

The opportunity for mentees.

The Mentoring Programme is targeted at highly qualified and experienced jobseekers, primarily with a degree or advanced-level vocational qualifications. // Read more The Mentoring Programme is targeted at highly qualified and experienced jobseekers, primarily with a degree or advanced-level vocational qualifications. The programme is especially designed for mentees who have worked in a highly specialised environment which can act as a barrier to returning to work or who come from a sector in which personal networks are a decisive factor. As a mentee, you are looking to extend your network in order to increase your chances of finding a new opening. You are clear about the benefits you will gain from the support, sector expertise and network of contacts your mentor can provide. You will agree how the relationship should work e.g. having contact around four times in three months, by phone, correspondence or face-to-face. In return, you will benefit from access to your mentor’s network as well as from reviewing or extending your strategy for finding a suitable position. // Show less