- We train managers from the corporate sector, to work with disadvantaged individuals as personal mentors.
- We provide specialist, intensive training to learn the technical skills required to become effective mentors.
- Mentors are challenged to deal with a client group that will be unfamiliar to them, which enhances skills that translate directly back into the workplace.
- Mentors gain the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a real difference to someone’s life.
For organisations involved in this program, there are a number of positive outcomes – not least, they will be seen as pioneers in an area that has had little support from the corporate world.
It is clear that many prisoners come from the most socially and financially excluded groups in society. By helping offenders start their own businesses and become financially independent, they have the potential to become customers or clients in the future.
Not only does this program offer great corporate social responsibility opportunities (CSR), but has proven with our work with Legal & General and John Lewis, that mentors have gone back into the workplace with more business skills and with a wider perspective.
We have also run this scheme with long term unemployed and are flexible to work with a client group of your choice (for example, ex service personnel).
‘High quality training/experiential learning which equips mentors not only for mentoring but also brings those skills back in-house, which adds value and informs their day job. This program supports our behaviours e.g. ‘taking a wider interest’ and ‘how’ we perform in our roles. There is also potential to link to Learning and Development ‘talent ‘programs.’ Frances Borrer, Senior Manager, Legal & General