Frequently asked questions
Bridging Barriers focuses on supporting young people aged 16-25 from underrepresented backgrounds. This is typically, but not excluded to, young people from ethnically and low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Yes, when applying for a mentor. Mentees are given the opportunity to specify if they would like a mentor from a particular ethnic background, gender, or level of experience.
The mentoring program lasts a minimum of 6-9 months, with participant expected to meet a minimum of 1-2 hours a month. Mentees and mentors are also given the opportunity to extend their mentoring relationship, if both parties are happy to do so.
Yes, it is completely free to be a mentee. Mentors are volunteering their time to help improve the personal and professional development of our mentees.
Typically, mentoring is conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and phone calls. However, if happy to do so, mentees and mentors are able to meet up and conduct mentoring sessions in person.
Yes, we accommodate all industries. If this is the case, sign up using our form and specify your field of interest.
We aim to allocate you a mentor within 3 to 5 working days from when you apply. However, in some circumstances this can take up to a few weeks.
Yes, all participants undergo training prior to the start of their mentoring and also receive continuous support throughout the duration of the relationship.
After your mentoring relationship, we suggest that you connect with each other on LinkedIn and stay in touch. We do not consider this to be the end of the professional relationship, as it could lead to opportunities for both sides. For the mentee this could be work experience, an internship or their CV forwarded on to the HR team. For the mentor this could be sharpening leadership skills, gaining a new work colleague they’ve helped develop and so forth.
Mentoring on Bridging Barriers should be a positive, empowering and informative experience overall. If a mentor or mentee makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, please end your mentoring session immediately and flag your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org . Our team will work with you on next steps.