Help Mentor 100 disadvantaged school leavers

Hi, I'm Martin and I want to offer mentoring services to disadvantaged school leavers through their first year at work.

School leavers, employers and local colleges have told us that what is expected in the workplace today is very different to the skills young adults come out of school with. Of course, they need writing, reading, maths and more - but the topics they're not taught that are essential include socialising at work, making a great first impression, fitting in to a team, understanding the employers mission and many, many more topics.

I lead a team of former executives that wish to mentor these young adults through their first year at work. We've been doing this for some time now and the young people love it - the employers like the results.

One skill we work on is the ability to learn continuously. Why? Because job forecasts for 2030 suggest that 85% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 have not been invented yet - such is the march of technological change. Is that right? We will see, however the ability to keep learning throughout our working lives is essential so we can remain employable.

Our target is £10,000 - that provides support for 100 young adults who are from disadvantaged situations and who find it difficult to get help, guidance or sometimes even get into town to receive help. We have capacity for many more than 100 and in time, we will roll this out nationwide and beyond. Our team will be donating 3,600 hours of individual and group mentoring, worth around £75,000.

The funds will go to support online live seminars, online relevant courses, in person events aimed at getting young adults to role play their new skills. Costs will include spaces to operate, system and support, some basic course design and materials that the young adults will complete and take to their first work place as a portfolio of evidence of their new abilities. All executive mentor time is donated to the cause.

If you know a young adult from a disadvantaged background that is starting work, please let us know and we will add them to our potential mentee list.

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Martin Hedley 
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK