Can we help?
If you need some help choosing a mentor, let us know.

Making an impact

We partner with businesses to upskill their employees to become mentors for 16-18 year old students, preparing them to deliver 1-2-1 mentoring sessions in the lead up to life-changing work experience opportunities at the partner companies themselves.
What we do page header students 2

Changing the face of the UK's future workforce

We connect students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with employers, allowing the next generation to establish their first professional network to gain an advantage in their careers and make informed decisions on their future.

To achieve this, we train employees in partner companies to become effective mentors for students at this key point in their lives.

Our programme creates lasting professional networks for students who don't feel that they have the personal and family connections to gain an advantage in their career.

The Pathfinder Programme Purpose

Programme info 1
Workplace skills
Our programmes allow sutdents to be mentored by real professionals in industries they are interested in, teaching them about the skills required
Programme info 2
To build networks
We want to help young people build their first professional networks to help kickstart their careers
Programme info 3
For everyone
Our programmes are inclusive; no one should be left behind, so there are no entry requirements other than being keen to experience an industry or employer

Programme stages

Feedback

Lena feedback
My mentor has helped me understand that the field of work is not as intimidating as I perceived.
Chelsea
I'm more certain of what sector I would like to go into. I was also uncertain about my path after sixth form, but she has helped me educate myself in all paths.
Mubarig
They (mentors) helped me improve as a person and opened my eyes a bit more towards life and the world.
Sundus 2
I felt very comfortable with my mentor, like we can talk about anything and I don't feel nervous. She really helps me explore my options and ask any questions I want.

Our support

Icon 7
School liaison
  • Wiseup co-ordinates with school partners to engage and manage the student participants on the programme
Icon 3
Mentor selection & training
  • Wiseup supports the selection of the mentor community and provides guidance and daily assistance across the programme
  • We deliver a 2.5 hour Mentor Briefing Workshop for the mentors, led by a professional Wiseup Mentor & Career Coach. This covers the programme details, methods and techniques for delivering great mentoring, how to safely and responsibly deliver great mentoring to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and practical exercises, questions and sessions structures to support the sessions themselves. Along with the distribution of written guides for mentors to have handy throughout the programme.
Icon 2
Programme co-ordination
  • Your dedicated Programme Manager will co-ordinate and schedule and facilitate all 1-2-1 mentoring sessions between mentor and mentee.
  • We can support the curation and delivery of the work experience placement.
  • Wiseup continues to provide support to both mentees and mentors for months and years to come – ensuring both parties build a strong relationship for the future.

Social barriers to career opportunities

There are a number of barriers in place for young people, such as:
Why mentoring is important 1
Networks
If a family has limited connections, students may not be given access to important chances to experience the workplace
Why mentoring is important 2
Finance
The cost of living crisis has had a big impact on low income families, who may not be able to support their children at university
Why mentoring is important 3
Commitments
Some students from low income families may take on additional care giver roles for their working parents, which can impact their schedules
Why mentoring is important 4
Perceptions
Many students have an ingrained perception that these workplaces aren't for them, as we have found with our own programmes

Programme Findings

How businesses can help students 3

Check out our programme findings to discover the true impact of our programmes on our student mentees.