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Mentoring FAQS

Mentors Questions

What is involved in the programme?

As a Mentor you will meet each student on a one to one basis to support them through their career choices. The aim of the programme is guide the students onto the path of a career and not just a job. It is aimed at those students who are unsure of their capabilities and who have low confidence and are not reaching their full potential.

What are the required hours I need to commit to?

The programme will run over a 30 week period through the whole academic year. Each mentor will complete 15 meetings per student over this time. These need to take place on school premises and within schools hours.

Can I book my meeting in advance?

We advise that where possible you book as many as possible per term. The schools may have events on where the students may not be available, or have core lessons they do not want the students to miss.

What support is there for me?

We have a number of resources available and links to many websites. We will guide you through the programme either in face to face meetings, providing resources or via skype or telephone. You will also be invited to the launch event at the school prior to the programme commencing and RTC staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. In addition scheduled feedback sessions will be held at key points of the programme.

Is there anything proactive I can do to support the students?

As meetings are individual, Mentors can tailor the mentoring to meet each student’s needs. You may want to set them small but manageable tasks such as searching for careers information. Where possible contact with a student’s teacher may identify mentee strengths and areas for improvement. There is no one way of mentoring students and “one size fits all” certainly does not apply.

What are the benefits of the programme?

The mentoring programme allows mentors to support and give something back to their local community. Mentors encourage young people and help them develop at a time when they are facing many challenges. Mentoring helps increase self-esteem and confidence as well as academic achievement. For the local community, particularly if it is an area of high unemployment and deprivation, as a mentor you can have a significant impact on the ambitions and skills of young people. This in the longer term can help unemployment levels and ultimately economic growth for the area. In many cases this can break the deprivation cycle and raise the standards of living for young people, opening up opportunities they never imagined.  For you, being a Mentor is a highly recognised status within the business sector. It is a great conversation starter, looks great on your CV and shows a really positive attitude to your employer. Mentoring and becoming a STEM ambassador can also support personal professional development, challenging you in many different ways.

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Teachers Questions

How does the Mentoring programme support the curriculum?

The content of each mentoring session can be tailored to the needs of the individual student.  The student can self-identify areas they may like to explore and develop with the aid of a mentor.  Mentors have supported revision topics, personal development, career planning and all routes to careers. Mentors often liaise with teaching staff, to help identify areas of strengths and areas of improvement.

How is the programme delivered?

Participating schools will identify the students taking part with guidance from the Mentoring team. Mentors will be recruited, trained and DBS checked and matching of mentors and mentees undertaken. A launch event will introduce the mentor to the school, mentee and parents. The Mentor will liaise with an appointed member(s) of staff to arrange any meetings. Each student will be seen on a one to one basis for 15 meetings over a 30 week period over the full academic school year. The school keeps a record of any meetings between mentors and each student which we would require a copy of on request.

Who is running the programme?

RTC North is running the programme on behalf of the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Department of Education. The programme is funded by public money at no cost to the schools taking part.

Which students will benefit from the mentoring programme?

The programme is aimed at the students who are unsure of their capabilities, have low self confidence, and are not reaching their full potential. Students who are clear of where they want to be and how to get there are not considered suitable for the programme.

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