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Do you need a helping hand getting your career started? Perhaps you need advice on your CV, application forms or interview technique. Or maybe you’re just not sure where to start when it comes to finding a job. Mentoring could be just what you’re looking for.


Mentoring is a way to help you develop your skills, prepare you for work and maximise your potential. Mentoring programmes match you with an expert who can give you practical advice and the confidence you need to help you find work.

A range of mentoring programmes are available across the country. To find out what’s available in your area contact your local Jobcentre at the DWP website.

Here are a couple of examples of programmes that are available nationally.

Steps Ahead Mentoring

Steps Ahead is a national mentoring programme supporting young people to be in a better position to find work. It’s delivered by the CIPD, a registered charity that champions better work and working lives, and is open to everyone aged 18-24 and looking for work.

Mentors will be a professional who specialises in people – they might be an expert in recruiting or developing employees at organisations, and much more. They provide one-to-one support tailored to individuals. It could be advice on CVs, application forms, mock interviews and more. You’ll gain confidence and feel better prepared to start your career of choice. 

Find out more and sign up to Steps Ahead Mentoring at the CIPD website.   

Mentoring Circles

Jobcentre Plus Mentoring Circles can give you an opportunity to build your employability skills with the support of an employer mentor. Mentoring Circles aim to increase your confidence, motivation and aspirations as well as your job search skills. They’re open to people aged 16-24 who are unemployed.

Mentoring Circles use an ‘action learning’ approach, meaning that circle members can share issues with others who may be facing similar barriers, work and learn together, and take action and reflect on the outcomes.

During mentoring sessions, employers will share their experiences, provide advice and practical help with application forms and CVs, and offer you the chance to practice interview skills.

You can find out more about Mentoring Circles from your Jobcentre Plus work coach.

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