Lincolnshire

EBP secures funding to expand youth employer mentoring programme

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The EBP has secured a significant investment to help expand its employer mentoring programme, which helps children in school years 8-10, who are at risk of dropping out of school, find a career path.

The employer mentoring programme will actively engage them in enterprise and employability activities and increase the encounters they have with employers while in education.

According to research, this dramatically reduces their chances of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) and increases future salary by on average 18%.

The investment comes as part of a £3.5 million pot from The Careers & Enterprise Company which will be distributed between 39 mentoring organisations across the country, targeting almost 20,000 pupils.

Elaine Lilley, CEO of The EBP. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Business

Elaine Lilley, CEO of The EBP. Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Business

Elaine Lilley, CEO of The EBP, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Careers & Enterprise Company to help look after children in Lincolnshire to develop their skills and aspirations.

“Through many of our projects we’ve seen teenagers benefit hugely from working with a mentor and are thrilled to be able to support more young people through this mentoring programme.”

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “Too many young people across England are at risk of not achieving their full potential. This can have a lasting impact on their future and career later in life.

“Employer mentoring is a powerful way to address this issue by helping young people get inspired about the world of work.

“Our fund will work to unlock this inspiration by scaling up proven mentoring programmes to help boost social mobility and give young people great life changing experiences.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved in mentoring to step forward and join this mentoring movement and make a real difference to the lives of young people in their local community.”