Of the hundreds of people who have completed the programme since it originally launched as a pilot in 2012, nearly three-quarters have gone on to find work or work experience – proof of the fantastic impact CIPD members can have!
90% of mentors we surveyed, take part because they want to use their skills to help young jobseekers find work.
As Barry Hoffman, a mentor and CIPD board member, explains, ‘it’s one of the few things in your working life that you do because you want to, not because you have to’.
'Like many other young people, I hadn’t had much experience of employment. I had found it difficult to get a job – I didn’t have enough experience and had also been told that I hadn’t been selling myself well enough... I can say that Steps Ahead Mentoring turned my life around.' Samayra.
'Youth unemployment ultimately affects us all. Young people need our help – and HR is in a great position to give it.' Simon Collins, Future Talent Development Manager, Caterpillar
'When [Sam] found out she’d got the placement she phoned me up, screaming with excitement!’ Sara Mullen, Director and HR Consultant, ORO Solution