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Career Academies urges e-mentoring for young people

Filed under: Recruitment General — Stephanie on October 23, 2013

Career Academies UK, the national charity which eases young people into work, is looking at the I.T. industry to supply e-mentors for its ‘Career Ready’ initiative.

The move is in direct response to a huge demand for a place on the scheme, which connects schools, colleges and employers in preparing students aged 16-19 for work. It will likely increase competition in the industry, so anyone seeking cyber security jobs and other positions in the sector need to be firmly on top of their game.

E-mentoring enables those working in the I.T. sector – as engineers, managers, administrators and programmers – to offer their knowledge and experience to students in their chosen industry. Recent research reveals that personal benefits are also to be had from being professionally involved with young people – 75 per cent of those who responded said that professional staff development is a major benefit from working with young people.

Mentors will be trained and matched with suitable students, ensuring that both young people and the professionals taking part get out of it as much as they can.

The charity’s executive director, Anne Spackman, explained:

“Career Academies UK knows from its own experience that the best way to help young people get jobs is by connecting them to the world of work, and we have a ten year track record of doing just that.”

She continued to say that e-mentors will have an important role to play in the progression of a young person from study to employment through offering motivation, guidance and assisting them in the completion of tasks.

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