Earlier this year, the Government announced the launch of a national mentoring campaign that will connect a new generation of mentors to pre-GSCE teens at risk of disengaging and under-performing their potential.
The Careers & Enterprise Company is delighted to have been asked to provide a coordinating role in this ambitious mission.
Part of our mentoring campaign will involve the launch of an investment fund (£12 million over the course of parliament) to scale up proven mentoring programmes and to build capacity. Of this sum, £11 million is being allocated at the LEP level, with £1 million retained for special projects nationally. We believe that it is important that any project undertaken supports local initiatives and needs. We value your partnership highly and would like you to be directly involved in the determining the projects we provide funding to.
As many of you are aware, we will shortly be launching a Prospectus for our mentoring campaign, setting out how The Company will provide funding and support to scale up proven mentoring programmes.
How you can help us
We appreciate you are very busy, but we would be really grateful for your support with the following:
- Providing a brief summary of your mentoring priorities to support mentoring organisations
- Attending, if possible, a briefing session in your region
1. Communicating your mentoring priorities
The Company expects to fund activity across England in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area and successful organisations will be expected to coordinate provision closely with each LEP area.
To ensure applications are aligned to local priorities, we would like your support to prepare a summary of the mentoring priorities for your LEP area.
Our ask from you
Please prepare a one slide PowerPoint summary of your mentoring priorities in your LEP area. This slide could also include links to other sources of information that applicants should consider when making an application to scale mentoring programmes in the area and this can include references your employment and skills strategy if this is the most relevant information.
We would really encourage you to share this information at your nearest briefing event (see below). If it is not possible to prepare this information ahead of the event, we request that all LEPs provide this information by Friday 22 July if possible, so that we can share with the community.
2. Attending and supporting launch events
We are hosting a series of briefing events to launch our mentoring campaign. The events will be an opportunity to understand our mentoring vision, to share and discuss regional needs with mentoring organisations as well as a networking opportunity for attendees.
We would really encourage your attendance at your nearest event to support these discussions. The events will take place in five locations around the country as set out below:
|Exeter, Mercure Rougemont Hotel
||Thurs 14 July 10:00 -13:00
|Birmingham, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
||Mon 18 July 10:00 – 13:00
|Manchester, Greater Manchester LEP, Churchgate House
||Mon 18 July 16:00 – 19:00
|York, Royal York Hotel
||Tues 19 July 10:00 -13:00
|London, London’s Living Room (City Hall)
||Weds 27 July 12:30 – 15:30
All events will include a 45 minute networking event with lunch or light refreshments served, depending on the timing of the event.
Please do not worry if you are unable to attend the meetings, as we will share highlights of each meeting on our website. The Company will also be holding two further webinars for all organisations later in July.
We would also welcome your help in sharing details of the events and webinars with relevant local mentoring organisations and employers. Organisations will need to register their attendance on our website (registration will be live from Monday 11 July)
Please confirm by return of email the event(s) you will be attending. We will be in touch with you ahead of the event to confirm the agenda.
We are really looking forward to working with you to build a strong mentoring community in your area and thank you in advance for your continued support.
Chief Investment & Strategy Officer
Careers & Enterprise Company
T 020 7566 3400