How City workers are supporting young care leavers

City Opportunities Mentoring is a TimeBank project matching care leavers with City workers to support them with tasks such as writing job applications, practising interview skills, networking, job shadowing or gaining work experience.

The project started in September 2013, successfully matching 24 City workers to 24 young people and we’re now relaunching it for a further year thanks to funding from the City of London Corporation and Team London.

One current mentoring relationship is between Victor, a Project Management student at London SouthBank University and Chris, an information security consultant working near Liverpool Street.

Victor took up the offer of mentoring after attending a five day work skills programme at London SouthBank University.

That programme provided him with a taste of City life and he decided he wanted help from a mentor to help him find work on graduating. Chris had gained both mentoring and leadership skills through his current and previous jobs and felt that he would be able to use these to offer a young person guidance and support with their career.

Victor and Chris have been matched for several months now and are both enjoying the mentoring experience. They have already undertaken a number of positive activities including working jointly on job applications and CVs, and now plan to focus on interview techniques and confidence building in the next few months.

Chris says ‘mentoring is a rewarding experience and it is a privilege to be able to help someone benefit from some of the many opportunities that the City provides but that can often be quite difficult to break into.’

Victor says: ‘The support and help received from Chris has been remarkable. Most importantly I have gained invaluable knowledge, encouragement and guidance. I am glad to say I have benefited greatly from this programme.’

If you would be interested in becoming a mentor with us or would like to refer someone to the project,  I would love to hear from you! Please contact me at Rachel@timebank.org.uk  or on 020 3111 0730. 

And if you'd like to know more about City Opportunities Mentoring, take a look here.