Mentoring for the 2nd Chance programme
2nd Chance Education is a 6 month career preparation programme for 18-24 year olds in London.
We are currently looking for newly retired individuals in all areas of industry, to become Volunteer Career Mentor's.
Please see below more information regarding the volunteer role.
2nd Chance delivers a mentoring programme that provides high quality career focused mentoring for to support 18 - 24 year olds ('Linden Clake associates') as they launch their career.
The programme recruits, trains and supports volunteer career mentors who offer their experience of the work environment and knowledge of building a career.
Duration: 12 months
(Beginning when the associate is between month three and six of the 2nd Chance Programme)
Frequency: Once every two to three weeks for one hour
Method: Face to Face (telephone and Skype calls are welcomed to support the face to face sessions)
Location: In an accessible, safe location agreed by both mentor and mentee.
The actual times of the mentoring sessions are negotiated and agreed between the volunteer career mentor and the Linden Clarke Associate.
Volunteer career mentors will also be expected to attend two networking / training sessions during month three and nine of the mentoring relationship.
Where necessary you can choose to attend a quarterly group support session, with fellow volunteer mentors and the mentoring programme coordinator, at the 2nd Chance office.
2nd Chance deliver a four hour mandatory training programme, designed in consultation with The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
Ongoing training will be provided for all volunteer career mentors throughout the 12 month mentoring relationship.
Support & Supervision:
To support your mentoring relationship, regular supervision and guidance sessions are provided by the mentoring programme coordinator. These sessions will enable the coordinator to monitor the development of the relationship and also address any issues raised.
Additional support is also provided by the mentoring programme coordinator as and when needed by email, phone and/or face to face.
Volunteer career mentor are required to submit mentoring logs to inform the mentoring coordinator of how their mentoring sessions are going.
1. An understanding / willingness to appreciate the barriers faced by young people entering and sustaining employment
2. Experience of mentoring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
3. Willingness to be reliable and commit to volunteering for at least one year
4. Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, to groups and individuals
5. Ability to advise on the work environment
6. Ability to maintain boundaries
7. Flexible and adaptable
8. Pragmatic approach to resolving problems
9. Ability and willingness to complete mentoring session notes
10. Willingness to participate in induction and ongoing training sessions.
11. A good listener with an engaging personality
12. Emotionally intelligent and non-judgmental