Do you want to inspire a young person to work in the NHS?

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08 / 9 / 2014 9.56am

Sign up to become a mentor with the NHS online mentoring project and help to boost someone else's chances in life, as well as develop your own skills and enhance your professional development.

The NHS online mentoring project provides young people with the personal advice they need to enter a career in the NHS. The project is run by The National Skills Academy for Health and mentoring charity The Brightside Trust and they are looking for NHS employees working in any role who want to inspire young people to achieve their goals.

How does it work?

You will be matched with a year 11-13 student from a school in a low socioeconomic area, who will have expressed an interest in working in a similar career to yours. You will communicate with them through a safe secure website for a period of 10 weeks, answering their questions and giving them an insight into what working for the NHS is really like. The website also features activities to support the mentoring process, and you'll be fully trained in how to communicate with young people online before you start.

What do other mentors say?

  • 94 per cent would recommend online mentoring to a friend
  • 81 per cent said they developed new skills by working with young people.

‘A very rewarding experience. When one mentee told me how advice I had given her had led to her successfully applying for a role it really made me feel great. I think we all have a lot to learn from mentees, especially those who are yet to enter the working world.’  NHS Online Mentor

How do I get involved?

Register your interest using the online application form.

To become a mentor you must commit to:

  • Mentoring up to three mentees at a time for two 10 week projects - Oct to Dec and Jan to March
  • Logging in and checking messages at least twice a week whenever is convenient for you (one hour per week)
  • Attending two training webinars, one will last one hour and the other 90 minutes
  • Completing an evaluation questionnaire at the end of the project.

Please be aware that numbers are limited so unfortunately we cannot guarantee that every application will be successful.

Closing date for application is 20 September.

Further information

You can find out more on the NHS online mentoring website or by contacting Alice at nhsproject@thebrightsidetrust.org or calling 0207 922 7800.

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