Charity calls for e-mentors to help youngsters get a glimpse of the working world (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Charity calls for e-mentors to help youngsters get a glimpse of the working world
MENTORS are needed in Basingstoke to give the town’s students an insight into the working world.
Career Academies UK, a charity which links young people to the real world of work, is looking for people to help with its new Career Ready programme.
The call comes in response to overwhelming demand for places on the programme, which brings together employers, schools and colleges to prepare 16 to 19-year-old students for the workplace.
E-mentoring is a way for people working in the borough to invite students into their workplace and also develop their own management skills and demonstrate their corporate values.
Career Academies UK has joined forces with digital charity Brightside to create a secure place where employees can communicate with students to discuss their experience, ask for advice and follow their progress on a digital skills tracker.
Mentors will receive training and will be matched with appropriate students to ensure both parties benefit.
Anne Spackman, executive director of Career Academies UK, said: “Basingstoke and Deane has a thriving business community.
“As an e-mentor from the local area, you can become a crucial element in a young person’s journey from education to the workplace, providing guidance, motivation and helping them to complete tasks.
“Careers Academies UK knows from its own experience that the best way to help young people get jobs is by connecting them to the world of work, and we have a 10-year track-record of doing just that.”
Anyone interested in becoming an e-mentor should contact Career Academies UK on 020 7986 5494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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