West of England Mentoring is a partnership between mentoring organisations Ablaze, Babbasa and Mentoring Plus, and business network Bath Bridge.
The partnership has been established to deliver group business mentoring in schools across the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership area: Bristol, B&NES, South Glos and North Somerset.
We believe the employability, skills and experiences of every kind of worker can be inspirational to school students.
We provide all the training and resources, but encourage mentors to tailor programmes to their own sectors, interests and personalities. Sessions are delivered in school and in the workplace, under teacher supervision.
We can all remember wondering if classwork would be relevant later in life. This programme targets pupils who are capable but may benefit from extra encouragement to fulfil their potential. Mentors providing ideas and encouragement help them plan, work and achieve.
It’s not just students who benefit from our group business mentoring programme. As well as the rewards of helping students in our community, volunteers build and test valuable skills: listening, communication, planning and persuasion. The next generation’s insights are eye-opening, and teams from different business functions build understanding too.