After a very successful pilot in early 2019, in partnership with Brightside, ULI is now running a mentoring initiative to match enthusiastic pupils from the schools we have visited with UrbanPlan volunteers – all via an online platform.
The aim is to engage with the 30% of pupils who express an interest in learning more about careers in the sector to support them to identify: suitable built environment career options; the paths they can take to reach it; and the skills they need to succeed. The mentoring project runs twice a year for a duration of six weeks each time.
Who can mentor?
We invite any trained UrbanPlan volunteers to participate as a mentor. All our mentoring projects take place online, so mentors can volunteer from anywhere and no travel is required. If you have a passion for promoting social change and a desire to share your experiences and offer advice, this opportunity is for you! All we ask is that:
- You participate in a training session (delivered via one hour webinar).
- Log in to the secure mentoring platform at least once a week, responding to messages (approx. 30 minutes to 2 hours per week).
- Complete an enhanced DBS application (If you do not already hold one).
What is in it for mentors?
- Flexible volunteering opportunity that you can fit round other commitments.
- Opportunity to develop your mentoring and communication skills.
- Experience working directly with young people.
- Fully supported by a member of the Brightside team throughout.
- Training provided.
Online mentoring allows us to reach as many young people as possible. Mentees and mentors can sign in remotely from anywhere, all they need is the internet and a device. There is no travel associated with the project, saving you time and us cost, this means we can focus our funding towards reaching more young people. Online mentoring is flexible, you can log in whenever is convenient for you. We can match mentees and mentors based on their interests and aspirations rather than based on location! Because the platform was built for the purpose of connecting young people and mentors it is fully secure and safe. All messages are moderated, meaning they are checked for content to ensure the safety of both our young people and you, our mentors.
Feedback from the pilot
96% of mentees stated they enjoyed the mentoring programme, 93% learning new things through conversations with their mentor, and 86% saying this project has influenced their most likely post-18 option. 64% of mentees said they would consider a career in the built environment sector in the future.
Mentors also appreciated the value of the project, with all agreeing the programme was as a worthwhile and valuable use of their skills and knowledge, and that they would like to see ULI roll out this initiative more widely.
UrbanPlan UK Mentoring Programme – recruiting mentors
After another successful Mentoring Programme in early 2020, the next Programme will be running January 2021 – February 2021. For more information please see the details below and we will announce when applications are open nearer the time.
More information for pupils, teachers and parents: