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What mentors are you looking for?

Career Accelerator only work with mentors at their partner firms and who are able to commit to the 8 hours over 3 months. We work with mentors from apprentices and graduates to senior leaders. We work with 100s of students and young people, all of whom are looking for different things from mentors.

Is the programme virtual or in-person?

The mentoring programmes will be virtual so that mentors and mentees can get involved from across England. There is an opportunity for mentors on our over 18 programmes to meet mentees in person. There will also be opportunities for businesses to get involved with in-person career workshops, events, and roundtables, if they would like to.

What’s the time commitment for employees?

8 hours per mentor spread across 3 months.

What are the programme costs for a mentee?

It is totally free for the mentees.

How do you manage safeguarding?

We have worked closely with a safeguarding consultancy (The Athena Programme) to ensure our safeguarding is robust and up to date.

All mentors on our Schools facing programmes will have Enhanced DBSs. All mentoring calls on our Schools facing programmes are recorded. We have a safeguarding lead point of contact at Career Accelerator. We run safeguarding training during our 2 hour mentor training session.

Who do you usually work with in a business to fund and run this?

We typically work with some of the following to secure funding and work together with at partner businesses:

• Executive Sponsors of ERGs
• HR
• Learning and Development
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Employee Experience
• Employee Resource Groups
• Head of Talent

What geographical area do you work in?

For our Schools Programme we work with mentors across Europe. For our LGBT+ and Neurodiversity and Disability programme, we work with mentors in England. Our mentees across our programmes are based across England.

How do you find mentees?

We find the young people from our Schools Programme from our state school partners in England. We promote the programme to year groups and then select up to 20 students per school through an application form and interview.

For our LGBT+ and Neurodiversity and Disability programmes, we work with 18-30 year olds who we find through Unis, youth groups etc.

Why do you have 3 different programmes?

Our research shows that different diverse demographics have different challenges as they start preparing for careers and progressing. We therefore wanted to provide tailored and focused programmes to each communities of different demographics we work with to ensure we can make as much genuine impact as possible.

How do you ensure the quality assurance of your programme?

Our mentor training is informed by OCM – one of the most respected professional coaching and mentoring firms. Our safeguarding training is informed by safeguarding experts, The Athena Programme. Our mentoring programme has been informed by Teach First, the Young Foundation and the EDI consultancy Unleashed. We have been refining our programme based on mentor and mentee feedback over the last 5 years.

What other things do you do other than mentoring?
For businesses not interested in mentoring , we can provide the following services:

• Organising career workshops
• Inter-company diversity and inclusion roundtables
• Running in-person events with your company

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What our mentees are saying

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