Mentoring enables young people to engage in a two-way dialogue with professionals from the creative industries. It offers the chance to:
- learn about the range of opportunities and careers in the Creative Industries
- map out personal strengths and areas for development
- create a personal progression plan
- identify ‘the next step’ and work on this with support from the mentor
- access high quality resources and information
Mentors and Mentees are matched on the basis of their areas of work and interest and they each attend a training session. Each mentor / mentee partnership then meets three times over a period of eight weeks. At the first meeting they identify a specific task to work on which provides a focus and achievable goal for the relationship.
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Who can be a mentor?
Mentors are passionate about supporting young people to progress and fulfil their potential. They want to bring about positive change for young people and are enthusiastic about promoting the creative industries to a new pool of talent. They are interested in the perspective of young people and their ideas.
Mentors go through basic mentoring training and will have access to a wide range of support materials and models supplied by CREATE Jobs. They may also undergo appropriate safeguarding checks (CRB) which can be organised by A New Direction.
Who can be a mentee?
Mentees are aged 14-25. Some are at college doing courses in relevant subjects, others are unemployed but want to work in the creative and cultural sector. Mentees all share a commitment to taking the next step and a willingness to work with a mentor to help them progress.
Employers - if you would like to get involved, please email Rachel Key or phone 020 8536 5380