Local mentoring project up for national award

Published Monday, 18th February 2019

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A council-run mentoring project that supports local year 8 pupils with the help and guidance of local businesses has been nominated for a national award.

The 60 Minute Mentor South Essex (60MMSE) project has been announced as one of three finalists at the National Mentoring Awards 2019, in the National Mentoring Award - England category, which will take place Friday 1 March in Knightsbridge, London.

The awards are judged by a selection of top independent industry experts and celebrity judges, with winners selected on Merit, according to specific judging criteria.

The 60 Minute Mentor South Essex (60MMSE) project was set up by the council in 2016 and it supports local year 8 students. Each school has 10 students matched with a mentor for a seven month period, which consists of a mix of four group and one to one interventions with the mentor.

From March 2017 – January 2019, 517 young people have commenced onto the project, with 29 local schools engaging. 34 mentors were recruited from 28 different employers, offering participants insights in to different industries, showing that different people have different skills for different jobs. There has been a total of 985 mentoring sessions in this time period.

Figures from the student survey show the project has been a huge success and had a positive impact, not only on the students’ education, but on their social skills and awareness to the opportunities that are available to them:

  • 96% of students said they enjoyed the 60MMSE sessions
  • 85% of students said that the programme has made them think about what subjects will be important to their future
  • 84% of students said they will try to work harder in lessons
  • 76% of students feel more confident about their future career
  • 84% students said they will try and attend school more regularly
  • Awareness of Apprenticeships increased by 19% in the group (from 55% -74%)

Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “It is delightful to hear the news that the 60 Minute Mentor project is set to be recognised nationally at the awards event.

“The project has made such a huge difference locally and has many benefits, first and foremost for the children, to ignite their passion for learning through a hands-on approach with their mentors, but also for the mentors themselves, who are able to utilise their own skills and techniques but also gain a greater understanding of what it takes to motivate and lead young people.

“Of course winning the award would be an outstanding achievement, but we are so very proud of everyone involved for getting the project to where it is today.”

For more information on the 60 Minute Mentor South Essex project, please visit the website or alternatively, email.

For more information regarding the awards, please visit the National Mentoring Awards website.