Walsall Virtual School operate a Corporate Mentoring Scheme for care experienced children aged 14-19.
The mentoring scheme supports care experienced young people to realise their potential and build their futures through support provided by ‘the family firm’. The aim of the mentors is to enhance the understanding and experience of their mentees by assisting them to have a work-based experience that will help them gain an insight into the world of work and how organisations work which will, in turn, support young people in making informed choices about their career pathway. The Corporate Mentoring Scheme is available to young people in years 9-13.
All mentors receive comprehensive training including communication and basic counselling skills, knowledge of systems for care for experienced children, child protection, personal safety and maintaining boundaries.
Mentors are matched to suit the individual needs of young people and the length of mentoring depends on the mentor and mentee.