Young Person's Progress into Employment
“Chloe* struggled in school and the teachers got frustrated at her easily - she’s been threatened with exclusion a few times. She hung around with girls that smoked and drank."
Parent, KnightswoodLess than half of non-mentored care experienced young people move onto a positive pathway after school compared with over 80% that are mentored.
“I can tell my mentor stuff, whatever I want. It is better to have a mentor than keep it all in. It’s better to talk. I would rather talk to a mentor over my teacher. He is kind, relaxing but straight to the point, that’s what I like about him. He has made a big difference, instead of keeping all my feelings in I talk about them”.
“It feels good to have mentor support and having someone to help me through. My mentor is a very fun and chatty person and this matches my personality so that we get along very well. It has made me more confident because she encourages me to do my absolute best"
YGT Young PersonNot all young people want to go onto further or higher education. Some will kickstart their career with an entry level job or apprenticeship
"It feels good to have mentor support and having someone to help me through. My mentor is a very fun and chatty person and this matches my personality so that we get along very well. It has made me more confident because she encourages me to do my absolute best"
YGT Young PersonMentors can help their young people find, grow and use their talent and build that into a rewarding career
"I feel quite chuffed. I want to be a Chef and my mentor is a Chef. I have someone who has experience that they can pass on to me for my future life. He’s made a big difference. I am hoping we can go on visits and get a work placement when I go into fourth year"
YGT Young PersonMentors share their own life experiences - helping and encouraging young people throughout their education and beyond.
"My young person did not have a good year outside of school and her attendance was not great. But, she has grown emotionally. She’s started taking driving lessons and has a part-time job working in a children’s play centre. She is also helping the first years settle into school"
Donna Martin, YGT MentorMentors often help with other advice - helping young people build their confidence, belief and range of experiences.
"My mentor helped me because I wanted to go through an apprenticeship, but Craig suggested staying for further education would be a better option for now and then go for an apprenticeship after this. Now I’m working in my dream job"
YGT Young PersonWith trusting relationships mentors help motivate young people to explore opportunities and build aspirations further
"It is really good fun. It's a brilliant feeling knowing that you have managed to help a young person, whether it is social, emotional or academic help. My young person was quite emotionally vulnerable and knowing that she felt she had someone to talk to was really rewarding for both of us"
YGT MentorFor our mentors, it’s incredibly rewarding... Not just in how good they feel, but also in their own skills and abilities.
"Chloe almost left at the end of 4th year but she stayed on and she's the first person in our family to ever graduate from high school so we are really proud of her"
Parent, KnightswoodMentoring matters and makes a huge difference to everyone involved.