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Employers willing to share the benefit of their experience sought

Industry professionals looking for a new management challenge, CPD opportunity, or the chance to 'give something back' are being welcomed to join Plymouth University's Empoyer Mentoring Scheme.

Local business people and students have been benefitting from a Plymouth University scheme that can help both develop themesleves and their careers. 

The Employer Mentoring Programme works with students who are typically under-represented in higher education to promote diversity in the workplace and to raise aspirations and achievement. Undergraduate students are linked with industry professionals, who will mentor them over a six month period, from October to March. 

New mentors are now being sought for the next season, and employers from across the region are being encouraged to come forward to share their experiences, and add another type of leadership experience to their own CVs. Mentors can be from any job position, in any industry, and previous mentoring experience is not necessary. Full training is given prior to the start of the scheme and support is available from University staff along the way. A handbook is also available to help both mentors and mentees to get the most from their pairing.

Many previous volunteers have found mentoring students a rewarding experience and a great CPD activity. In addition to working with someone who is hoping to gain an insight into your career area, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Develop your coaching skills and reflective learning 
  • Refresh your own view of work 
  • Develop undergraduates’ interest in your sector and your business 
  • Act as a positive role model 
  • Increase your awareness of diversity issues 
  • Gain a huge amount of satisfaction by ‘giving something back’. 

To find out more about the Programme, take a look at the introductory video below, or contact Nina Kearney on 01752 582004, or email

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