100,000 mentors to visit former schools to help improve employment prospects23 April 2012
An article in ‘Children and Young People Now’ magazine (17/04/2012) outlines how former students will remain in touch with their old schools to mentor current pupils in how to gain employment as part of a government-backed project.
A £250,000 Social Action Fund grant will fund a pilot of the service, being run by Future First, in 500 schools with 100,000 volunteers predicted to sign up in the first 18 months of the scheme. It is hoped it will provide schools with role models to inspire, inform and mentor current students, as well as allowing for the development of networks that can provide access to work shadowing and work experience opportunities.
The maximum annual cost to schools will be £500 a year.