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We break down social barriers to the workplace through mentoring programmes and work experience opportunities for local students
Student Mentoring

How it works

We upskill the employees of our partner companies to become effective mentors for young people, preparing them to deliver 1-2-1 mentoring sessions for local students, in the lead-up to work experience opportunities at the partner companies themselves.
Student mentoring process
1. Teams undergo mentor training
Participating staff take part in a mentor training workshop prior to the programme, in order to develop mentorship skills
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2. Mentors and mentees are matched
Wiseup pair employee & students based on personality and career aspirations
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3. Mentoring sessions begin
Wiseup organises for mentees and mentors to meet virtually and in-person to develop a professional relationship
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4. Work experience in the organisation
Wiseup works with partner organisations to facilitate an impactful work experience placement
Keep the relationship going
5. Keep the relationship going!
The students become part of the Wiseup community and we keep them connected to our partner organisations for years to come

Our vision

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To dismantle social barriers to the workplace to tackle inequality in society

Our mentoring programmes are designed to demystify the world of work and equip young people with their very first professional network.

  • Students are instilled with a sense of confidence and equipped with new skills learnt in the workplace itself
  • Social barriers are combatted through unprecedented access to the workplace, giving them an advantage and informing their real-life options
  • Both mentors and mentees leave the programme feeling inspired

Sponsor local students

Our goal is to change the way young people access the workplace, in a world where there are multiple barriers to entry. We’re actively addressing inequality in society by providing opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to gain invaluable experience and skills. Taking part in a mentoring programme can give young people the experience and confidence needed to leverage their early careers.

We're proudly partnered with multiple colleges in the wider Manchester & London area, meaning we can tap into a pool of over 25,000 students who are eager to learn all about the world of work.

Your own mentor programme could open countless doors for some of the UK’s upcoming talent, whilst demonstrating your companies commitment to championing ESG principles.

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Mentoring programmes for companies

  • Support students from your local community that feel they are not connected to workplace opportunities through personal networks
  • Identify future talent first-hand and keep in touch with those that fit your culture
  • Develop mentoring skills amongst your staff and create a mentoring community within your organisation
  • Tailor your future recruitment strategy to the next generation of talent by sharing industry insight with young people from all backgrounds
  • Improve communication and empathy between all ages, closing generational social gaps in your workplace
  • Demonstrate your company’s commitment to CSR initiative
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For schools

For education providers

  • This unique mentoring programme is designed to demystify the world of work and equip young people with their very first professional network.
  • We partner with schools, colleges and universities to identify students who feel they do not have the personal connections to gain an advantage in their early career, but are curious and determined to explore their potential.
  • Individuals from partner companies receive training to become effective youth mentors for students
  • Development of long-lasting mentoring relationships that shape a young person's professional journey
  • Involving young people in CSR ESG practices (Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Social Governance) benefits them far into their future careers
  • High impact mentoring helps young people feel inspired to take the first steps in their careers

Actively measuring social impact

We’ve collected data and feedback on our programmes to demonstrate the positive social impact of work experience and mentoring opportunities on young people across the UK. Mentoring for young people has never been so crucial, as the cost of living and future uncertainty ways heavy on students minds.

Learn more about how work placements and mentoring relationships impact social upward mobility.

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