Training students as mentors
During the 2021/2022 academic year we rolled out the Opportunity Plymouth pilot project. The pilot delivered trained mentoring support and engagement regarding post 16 opportunities to year 10 pupils at UTC Plymouth
Undergraduate students of Education were given the opportunity to become mentors. Working closely with the Careers Service
we were able to provide professional mentoring training to the students who received a digital badge in recognition of their training and professional experience.
The mentoring model was based on the theory of Possible Selves (Harrison, 2013) where an emphasis is placed on building self-esteem and raising aspirations.
During the pilot our student mentors worked with a select number of Year 10 school pupils from UTC Plymouth, providing small group sessions over an eight week period.
They helped me to find work experience and helped me to speak to people I did not know.
I felt that it was a good experience because it helped me with my understanding of work experience.