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Project information

Business Mentors for Young Jobseekers

Business people will share their skills, knowledge and experience with young jobseekers from their local community. Young people often struggle with confidence, goal setting, focus and resilience, especially when they experience "failure" and rejection in job hunting. We will train mentors to help.

March 2016 - September 2019

Charity information: Inner Flame

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  • Need


    If you come from a disadvantaged background, have not done well at school/college, or suffer from low confidence, lack of self-esteem, or mental health problems, the process of jobhunting can be extremely disheartening - especially when you have no experience of work. After several months of being rejected (or ignored) by employers, many young people lose hope and fall into a negative spiral. A mentor can break this cycle.


    We run training courses for young people (including The Prince's Trust Team Programme). These are very powerful but it can still take weeks or months for participants to find work at the end. Some find that maintaining the momentum and motivation can be difficult. By recruiting training mentors and matching them with young jobseekers (following the example set by organisations in other areas), we can make a difference in the Swindon area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help 25 jobseekers (from Swindon and the surrounding areas, and aged 16-25) to find employment.


    » Recruit, train and supervise 25 mentors from the business world
    » Prepare young jobseekers for mentoring, offering guidance to help them to have clear goals, and helping them to select a mentor.
    » Following up with mentors and mentees to ensure they stay focused, and to monitor success.

    What success will look like

    The main measure will be how many jobseekers find sustainable work - our target is 50% within 3 months. We also use questionnaires to monitor their mental and emotional wellbeing.

  • Impact


    The economic benefits for young people and for society when they find paid work are obvious. Studies have shown that if they find work early on, this has benefits for their prospects long term. It also benefits their mental health and wellbeing - we all have a need to do something meaningful with our lives, and work brings great benefits in terms of self-esteem, as well as making a contribution.


    The main risk is safeguarding of children and vulnerable young adults, in a 1-1 relationship of trust. Mentors will be trained and made aware of boundaries and the criminal consequences of abusing their position of trust. They will be DBS checked before they can be matched to such individuals. First meetings will be facilitated and supervised by the charity. Young people will be encouraged to raise any concerns with us.


    We will report quarterly on the progress of the project, including activity levels and the outcomes - both "hard outcomes" and personal development.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,066

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,760 Outreach & 1-1s Promoting service to referrers 1 day p.m. Initial 1-1 with IAG for all potential mentees
      £6,560 Programme Leader Mentor supervision, progress & impact monitoring. Half-yearly mentor meetings
      £4,120 Mentor training Compulsory for all new mentors
      £2,400 Mentee induction Ensure mentees prepared (goals, expectations etc)
      £976 Matching Networking coffee mornings to match mentors/mentees
      £3,250 Marketing, Support & admin Marketing material, admin support, DBS, rent, insurance, overheads
  • Background


    Swindon, plus parts of North Wiltshire such as Royal Wootton Bassett.


    Jobseekers aged 16-25 in the local area, mostly within Swindon Borough.
    Swindon is broadly representative of England as a whole, with a similar profile and pockets of disadvantage. Academic achievement beyond 16 is below the national average. Although there are only c.350 unemployed 18-24 year olds, there are at least as many more who are on other benefits (e.g. ESA) or inactive and not claiming.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We understand the target audience; Inner Flame is local and is focused on young people (16-25). Most of what we deliver is aimed at disadvantaged jobseekers. We are the local delivery partner for The Prince's Trust Team Programme, and have been chosen as a strategic partner for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
    We have a strong working relationship with Young Gloucestershire, who have been running a similar scheme in their area, and from whom we can learn.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Wreathall (Founder)

    From a successful business background, David has recruited dozens of business supporters and volunteers, and will take the lead on recruiting mentors.

    Gail McKay

    Gail manages all the day to day operations of Inner Flame and will recruit and supervise the staff involved

    Programme Leader (TBC)

    Our programme leader is likely to be from a training & development background, probably self-employed as this part-time role will fit with that

I now have a full time job and it’s all because of Inner Flame. You have changed me as a person and I am so grateful

Ryan P (17)