Supporting students to explore their future with free online mentoring

By Megan Lawrence posted 13-10-2021 10:31

Run by the STEM Ambassador and Student Facing programme teams and in partnership with the charity Brightside, we're launching the first of four cohorts of a national online mentoring scheme on 8 November. 
Designed to help young people explore their future career options in STEM, a six-week mentoring programme is open to 14-16 year olds, with a 10-week programme coming next year for 16–18 year olds.
For those across Years 10 & 11 (or equivalent S3/S4, Year 11/12 NI), young people will have the opportunity to focus on career insights and chat to trained STEM Ambassadors via a secure and moderated online messaging system. Those in Years 12 & 13 (or equivalent S5/S6, Year 13/14 NI) will be mentored on ‘life after school’ - whether that's Higher Education, Apprenticeships or preparing for employment.
Those taking part will receive:
• One to one support and inspiration from a DBS or PVG checked STEM Ambassador
• Training on how to use Brightside’s secure and moderated messaging system
• Support and resources to help them make informed decisions about their future
All young people from across the UK are invited to apply, and there is no limit on the number of mentees being able to access the programme from any one school or college.
Young people should sign up here to access this great opportunity. The deadline for mentees to sign up for the first cohort is Tuesday 2 November at 4pm. Applications received after this date will be put forward for the next cohorts due to start at the end of January 2022.
If you have any questions relating to the mentoring programme, please email
If you are a STEM Ambassador interested in taking part as a mentor, please fill out this sign up form.