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Your mentor training programme

To start mentoring, it’s essential to successfully finish all parts of our mentor training programme. This ensures you’re fully equipped with the knowledge, practical know-how, and tools necessary to effectively support young people.

Total time: Two hours

1. Complete your first self-study module: What is Brightside mentoring?

Dive into this foundational module to acquaint yourself with Brightside. Understand our mission, approach, and the transformative impact we're creating together.

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2. Complete your second self-study module: Skills for mentoring

Boost your mentoring skills including goal setting, sign-posting and effective questioning to prepare you for supporting mentees. We'll also share some need-to-knows for successful mentoring!

3. Join a virtual welcome session

Sign up for a welcome session to connect with fellow mentors, understand your role, learn about safeguarding, and hear about the impact you can have as a mentor. The session is one hour fifteen minutes long.

Sign up to a project

You must have completed your DBS check and all training before signing up to a project. We recommend doing one to two projects at time, as you could be matched with up to five mentees. Please check the requirements and dates of the projects before signing up.

Spotlight: Career Discovery

  • Dates: 15 January to 22 March
  • Mentees: Year 10 to 13 pupils in schools across England
  • Mentor role: support mentees to learn about jobs that might suit them in the future, including qualifications and skills they’ll need
  • Your experience: a current working professional 

Spotlight: University

  • Dates: 15 January to 22 March
  • Mentees: Year 10 to 13 pupils in schools across England
  • Mentor role: support mentees to
    develop their knowledge of university, including courses, student life and
    finance
  • Your experience: a current university student or recent graduate

Spotlight: Future Pathways

  • Dates: 15 January to 22 March
  • Mentees: Year 9 to 11 pupils in schools across England
  • Mentor role: support mentees to explore a range of post-16 options and strengthen their study skills
  • Your experience: completed post-16 education in England 

Spotlight: Apprenticeships

  • Dates: 15 January to 22 March
  • Mentees: Year 10 to 13 pupils in schools across England
  • Mentor role: support mentees to discover what apprenticeships entail and how to search and apply
  • Your experience: a current/former apprentice (or with very close experience of apprenticeships)