Race for Opportunity Mentoring Circles for Young Jobseekers

 

These mentoring circles are for organisations who are keen to attract new BAME talent into their organisations and to understand the barriers experienced by young job seekers (age 16 -24) throughout the recruitment process. Mentors work with job seekers mentoring them through the application and recruitment process. The circles are are run in partnership with Elevation Networks and Brixton Jobcentre Plus.

Participants for 2015 American Express / BT / British Army / EDF / JP Morgan / Pertemps / Sainsburys / Transport for London.

Evaluation of the 2014 cohort

70 of the 90 young people who participated in the 2014 cohort of  Mentoring Circles for Unemployed Young Jobseekers pilot are now in full time work. (August 2014).

The pilot Race for Opportunity Mentoring Circles for Young Jobseekers held during 2014 were born out of the hugely successful Prince’s Seeing is Believing (SIB) visit in November 2013, which highlighted the need for employers to increase the transparency of their recruitment processes, for young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) job seekers to increase their engagement with employers. 

Run in partnership with Elevation Networks and Brixton Jobcentre Plus, the mentoring circles gave the the attendees insight into different organisations with the mentors working with jobseekers to mentor them through the application and recruitment process.  Each workshop was run by a senior leader and employees from each of the participating organisations and by a Jobcentre Plus Job Coach

Organisations participating  in the 2014 cohort:  
The Army / Barclays / Capgemini / Doosan Babcock / EDF Energy / Google / Pertemps / TFL / Thames Water /​ Weir Group

Why the mentees took part

To gain skills  24%
To experience networking opportunities 21% 
To learn more about participating organisations 19%
To listen to the guest speakers 15%
To build on an exisiting interest in the subject 14%
To get talent spotted 7%

What the mentees are saying

Many of the young people commented that they would like to take part in further mentoring events as they have learnt a lot whilst really enjoying the events.

I really enjoyed my visit to TFL and also picked up quite a few key factors that I can use in the future while looking for work’

- Mentee
Many also said they would also recommend mentoring to others.
93% of mentees stated they learnt new skills which they are now using while applying for jobs. They also felt that they had greatly improved their CVs and felt much better prepared for interview.
94% of the young Mentees agreed that the overall content of the sessions was relevant to their needs.

80% of mentees found the mentoring circles to be excellent or very good.

 

Over 90% of mentees found the sessions relevant to their needs.