Mentoring and youth unemployment

This factsheet outlines key insights into mentoring and youth unemployment and shares a simple model for mentoring.

Mentoring and youth unemployment

A key Race at Work Charter action is:

  • Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression
  • Actions can include embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship

This factsheet outlines key insights into mentoring and youth unemployment and shares a simple model for mentoring.

The Department of Work and Pensions

As part of the examination into race disparities, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) identified twenty geographical areas experiencing race disparities in terms of job seekers. A mentoring and youth unemployment program model was then rolled out to these areas via local Jobcentre Plus offices and is now a policy approach to engaging young people and introducing them to prospective employers.

Why do we need mentoring for unemployed youth?

The UK workforce is diverse, with one in ten of the current workforce being from a Black, Asian and ethnic minority background. Employers have found it difficult to establish a diverse workforce that reflects the local communities and/or society at large.

Business in the Community and mentoring circles

In 2013, Business in the Community (BITC) hosted a Princes Seeing is Believing visit. The visit focused on 16 organisations in Brixton, London. During the visit, leaders gained insight into the barriers and challenges faced by black, Asian and ethnic minority jobseekers.

The visit also highlighted a number of issues including;

  • the need for increased connectivity between young ethnic minority job seekers and employers.
  • the need for employers to be clear and transparent about their expectations in the quality and content of applications.

How your organisation can take part

2020 is the seventh year the BITC Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles programme has been in operation operating across London, Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland. The 2020 cohort has 38 organisations and 350 participants taking part.

Find out how your organisation can participate. Contact the BITC race team