Pupil mentoring

Mentoring a young person can be one of the most rewarding ways to develop your skills and experience. A mentoring partnership combines staff development with helping to support, encourage and equip young people with the skills to compete in the employment market.

What happens?

A member of staff is paired up with a young person, and mentors them one-to-one. The aim of the programme is to build the young person’s confidence and support them into a positive work or training destination.

Why get involved?

Many employees are involved in pupil mentoring because it helps to:

  • Boost their confidence, morale and job satisfaction

  • Develop their communication skills

  • Develop influencing skills and build good relationships

  • Strengthen their feedback skills

  • Understand people, their values and different perspectives

  • Meet employees from other businesses.

For young people the benefits will depend on their individual needs but include:

  • Gaining an insight into the world of work

  • Boosting their confidence and self-belief

  • Developing their communication and soft skills

  • Easing the transition from school to work

  • Advice and guidance on CV’s, interviews, etc

  • Raising pupil expectations and encourage life-long learning.

Who is mentoring offered to?

Schools target young people in their 3rd year and upwards who are:

  • Doing okay, maybe not participating fully, their grades are not great but they are not trouble makers; and/or

  • Young people who just need a little bit of support to help them make a potentially difficult transition in their life.

What training do pupil mentors get?

Business in the Community Scotland provide a two hour training workshop, which includes sessions on:

  • What mentoring is

  • The role of the mentor

  • Models of mentoring

  • Skills and qualities for mentoring

  • Specific skills e.g. listening, questioning, feeding back, etc.

  • Child protection

  • Challenges

  • The mentoring relationship.

  • Disclosure requirements

Because mentoring is a one-to-one relationship, mentors are required to obtain "PVG disclosure" from Disclosure Scotland. BITC Scotland will make all the arrangements to ensure this happens.