The Future and Hope Employment Project (aka the “FHEP programme”) is a unique educational and training programme designed to help the most disadvantaged of young people in Bermondsey and Southwark to overcome some of the barriers and obstacles that prevent them from accessing sustainable employment opportunities – specifically, goal-setting, communication and confidence barriers.

As part of the FHEP programme, we are launching a four-week Youth Employment programme in called “Life Goals”, which will take place in November 2015 and February 2016. Life Goals is designed to help young people set life goals, gain confidence in public speaking, and find employment.

The course takes place every Monday at Salmon for 4 weeks, from 5pm to 7pm. Our main target group are young people aged between 16-24 who live in Southwark, are not in employment or education (“NEETs”) and are in gangs or at risk of being involved with gangs. For each round of the programme, we are looking to recruit up to 20 young people to take part.

Where you can help - mentors

The main outcome of the FHEP programme is to raise the aspiration and confidence levels of these young people where work is concerned, and in so doing, move them into sustainable employment – ideally within three months of joining the programme.

We are looking for volunteer mentors who will be able to support the young people in their journey to sustained employment for up to six months.

As a mentor, all we require is the following minimum commitment:

 

  • Attendance at the 2-hour mentor training session (date tbc);
  • Attendance at the introductory mentor-mentee “speed-dating” session (date tbc);
  • Telephone contact with your mentee at least once a week to discuss progress;
  • Face-to-face meeting with your mentee at least once a month;
  • Supporting your mentee with producing a CV, cover letter, or completing an application form;
  • Supporting your mentee with job interview preparation as required;
  • General availability to provide advice and support to your mentee on employment/career issues (for example, how to dress for a job interview).

 

In return, you will get the opportunity to really make a difference in a young person’s life at this crucial stage of their adult life when they’re entering and making their mark in the world of work!

For more information and to express your interest in becoming a mentor, please contact Amy Glover.

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