Become a Mentor

Why should you become a mentor?

University College Birmingham runs two mentoring projects: Aimhigher Mentoring and Next Steps/FE Mentoring. A third project – HE/Peer Mentoring – is being developed.

By being a mentor, you can help young people to make important decisions about their future and you get paid – £8 an hour.

Mentoring takes place between November and May. You meet with learners for a few hours each week and we make sure you have comprehensive training, the resources and the support to be a successful mentor.

By being a mentor, you will develop key skills that employers value such as communication, planning and leadership. It is a fun and worthwhile experience which looks fantastic on your CV.

We will fit the mentoring around your studies and you receive a certificate at a celebration event when the programme finishes. 

It doesn’t matter which course you are studying or what your educational background was before joining UCB. You just need to commit to the whole programme and provide learners with an insight into university life and the application process. This information and support is invaluable to learners when the time comes for them to make important decisions about their future. 

There are plenty of opportunities to be a mentor at UCB. Please register your interest by emailing mentoring@ucb.ac.uk.

Aimhigher Mentoring

Aimhigher mentors go into schools and colleges to talk to young people who are unsure about whether to go to university. This can include talking about GCSE choices, after school/college choices, career options, study skills and university life. 

Mentors are not expected to be experts in any of these areas. Training is provided to equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need. 

The time commitment is about three to six hours per weeks on a day to be agreed between you and the school where you are placed. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please email mentoring@ucb.ac.uk

Next Steps/FE Mentoring

This initiative aims to raise aspirations and achievements of our own college students. You will be paired with up to five Richmond House students and will meet with them on a one-to-one basis. This is a flexible role which is designed to fit around your studies. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please email mentoring@ucb.ac.uk

HE/Peer Mentoring

This project is in the early stages of planning and more information will appear here shortly. If you have any questions, please email mentoring@ucb.ac.uk

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