Appeal for people in Kettering to help mentor students online

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A charity which helps young people get into the world of work is seeking more e-mentors in the Kettering area for a new programme.

The call from Career Academies UK comes in response to overwhelming demand for places on the Career Ready programme, which brings together employers, schools and colleges to prepare students aged between 16 and 19 for the workplace.

E-mentoring is an effective way for people working in Kettering to give students invaluable insight into their working world, while developing their own management skills and demonstrating their corporate values.

Career Academies UK has joined up with digital charity Brightside to create a secure platform where employees can communicate with students. Students can discuss their experiences, ask for advice and follow their progress on a digital skills tracker.

Mentors will receive training and will be matched with appropriate students to ensure both parties benefit as much as possible.

Anne Spackman, executive director at Career Academies UK, said: “Kettering has a thriving business community. As an e-mentor from the local area, you can become a crucial element in a young person’s journey from education to the workplace, providing guidance, motivation and helping them to complete tasks. Career Academies UK knows from its own experience that the best way to help young people get jobs is by connecting them to the world of work, and we have a ten year track record of doing just that.”

If you are interested in becoming an e-mentor, email career.ready@careeracademies.org.uk.