Today (Friday 27th October 2017) is national mentoring day. National Mentoring Day was launched 3 years ago to recognise the significant benefits of mentoring across the world.

EBP South’s Activate Mentoring Programme encourages any working professional, regardless of their career level or background, to get in contact and get involved.

Doug Atkins, the Mentoring Programme Manager, said ‘Many business professionals become mentors because they want to support young people in a way they hadn’t been supported themselves when they were at school, and they want to give back to their communities."

The programme brings together professionals and young people to help develop young people’s confidence and employability, and bridge skills gaps.

The Activate Mentoring has many benefits to both the mentor and the young person. Businesses say that staff members who volunteer as mentors develop their ability to coach and motivate people, and are rejuvenated when they return back to work.

A business mentor said ‘"A student emailed saying "Thanks for everything you have done it has helped me get to where I am today." That made it all worth it and is why I choose to mentor." The student was recently accepted onto a Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship in Portsmouth.

The Activate Mentoring programme provides comprehensive training and a support network, which contributed to it being awarded the Approved Provider Standard by NCVO.

The Activate Mentoring programme aims to give students (aged 14 – 16) confidence in achieving their potential, build their resilience, and assist them in future planning at a time where they have a lot of pressure. It plugs the gap between the qualifications students gain at school and the soft skills which employers value.

This year there was an 80% increase in the number of schools across the Solent area signing up to the Activate Mentoring Programme with EBP South.

The Careers and Enterprise Company one of the funders for Activate Mentoring are launching a national campaign to raise the profile of mentors and that really anyone can be a mentor. The campaign will use #UnexpctedMentor.

If you would like to find out how you can become a mentor in your local schools across Southampton, Portsmouth and South Hampshire visit http://ebpsouth.rit.org.uk/mentoring or email [email protected]