Are you looking for ways to make a meaningful impact on the next generation of professionals?

Join us for an exciting opportunity to become a mentor through our mentor recruitment scheme, and support the MPA's new entrant D&I employment pipelines. Our mentor training session is scheduled for 24th September 2024 from 4pm to 7pm, so keep your diaries open!

Following the training, mentor 1-2-1 sessions will be available from October to November. This is a great chance for employers to get involved in shaping the future talent pipeline and contributing to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Why join The Mentor Recruitment Scheme?

Help young people to develop their skills and strive towards success

Encourage young professionals to grow in confidence

Practice and develop your leadership and communication skills

Build connections and strengthen your and your mentees network

Offer guidance and empathy to reduce stress and promote wellbeing

By becoming a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to share your expertise, provide guidance, and make a real difference in someone's career journey. Additionally, there are other ways for employers to support this initiative, such as through brand briefs, future talent days, and board input.

This is a fantastic way to invest in the future while also fostering a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Get involved and be a part of building a strong and diverse talent pipeline for the industries of tomorrow. 

Watching Lucas with his Mentor Danny has been a highlight of my teaching carer so far. Lucas has autism and is mainly non-verbal so would struggle in traditional employment situations such as interviews. He uses his characters and animations to express himself and is extremely skilled at producing animations. Having a mentor like Danny, who is sympathetic to Lucas’ needs has been invaluable. Seeing how impressed Danny was with Lucas animation skills has really hoven Lucas a confidence boost and he is extremely excited about the discussions so far detailing how his placement will unfold. 

Employability tutor overview – Katy Rushton, teacher at The Manchester College

Ideas Foundation Mentor Recruitment with young creatives

What will the course cover?

You will learn about:

The role of a mentor and how to ensure safe conversations

How to support, motivate and empower young people through listening and goal focused coaching questions

Where to signpost young people for further careers support


Through the mentor recruitment, you will not only give back but you will gain insights from the young people, and an opportunity to support the education community.

Who will tutor me?

The tutor for the mentor recruitment session is Kate Lander, who has worked with The Ideas Foundation and The Manchester College previously. Kate is an award winning career coach, organisational development, leadership and management trainer, so you'll be in very capable hands. Katie is also on the board of Access VFX and has worked for a range of industry companies from Brown Bag Films, Sage Publishing, Unite, and Blue Zoo Animation.

When and where?

The mentor tutoring session will take place on Tuesday 24th September 2024, from 4pm to 7pm, and will be an online event. No need to make any travel arrangements, although this is a gentle reminder to keep your calendars open!

To find out more...

Please contact who will be happy to provide more information on how to participate in the mentor recruitment scheme program, and other opportunities for employer support. Together, we can make a positive impact on the next generation of professionals. By helping to nurture a New Creative Class, you are investing in the future. 

If mentor training and supporting a mentee isn't on the cards right now, please consider staying connected to the community via our social media channels where we can keep you updated on future opportunities.

The course is free but we welcome donations to The Ideas Foundation to cover the costs of the training. All attendees will receive certificates.

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