One thing I have learned in my career is the value of having a mentor – it’s helped me take important decisions in work and in life. It’s that lesson that is at the heart of the Mayor’s Mentors initiative. These mentors will be people who are successful in their careers and who can give a hand up for young people just starting out, in work or those setting up on their own. Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street
Launched in October 2018 with the Mayor’s Mentors scheme, One Million Mentors has now expanded across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Telford, Worcestershire and Stoke on Trent.
West Midlands has some of the highest rates of deprivation in the country:
- 3 in 10 children are growing up in poverty
- 1 in 5 working families rely on tax credits to top up low pay.*
Levels of unemployment are high and low skill levels mean employers struggle to fill vacancies.
We can help young people boost their work opportunities and bridge that skills gap.
*Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2018
Want to get involved?
- If you’re 25 and over, working, retired or on a career break, live in the West Midlands and can commit to one hour, once a month for a period of up to one year, click here to find out how to become a mentor. You’ll get online and face-to-face training, as well as ongoing support in your mentoring relationship.
- Schools, colleges, universities, charities or employment programmes wanting your young people to join our mentoring programme can click here for more information.
- Employers working for a small, medium or large organisation who would like to get involved in our mentoring programme, click here for more information.
- If you’re already mentoring and would like to attend one of our mentor workshops, click here.
- Or if you’re interested in 1MM coming to your region, click here.