Doncaster’s finance and legal firms could unlock new talent

Skills minister Matthew Hancock
Skills minister Matthew Hancock

Financial and legal employers in South Yorkshire are being urged to take part in an innovative mentoring programme designed to help develop young talent in their sectors.

Employees in Doncaster have the opportunity to become e-mentors on the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership’s (FLSP) Get In Get On programme, aimed at helping reduce youth unemployment in the area.

Becoming an e-mentor for a young person interested in a career in the financial and legal sector is free and takes up just four hours over a one-month period – the equivalent of just 12 minutes per day – and can enhance a company’s corporate and social responsibility.

Recent research by welfare to work provider Working Links found that 81% of employers say they have a duty to address societal issues, including youth unemployment. FLSP is calling on firms large and small to ‘make a difference’ and commit to mentoring young people to help develop tomorrow’s workforce.

The initiative, which has been backed by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, sees professionals from a wide range of organisations acting as e-career mentors. The mentor supports and motivates students aged 16-19 wanting to get a head start in their chosen field.

The scheme is hosted on an easy to use technology platform which enables young people and their mentors to communicate in a safeguarded and monitored way. The mentoring doesn’t have to be real time: the e-mentoring system allows messages to be left on the platform and for the mentor and mentee to respond to in their own time. This means there is no pressure on being available at certain times or certain days. There is no meeting up, speaking on the phone or pressure to respond immediately to messages.

Supporting each mentee is a small investment of time and will likely help fine tune mentoring skills for use back in the workplace.

FLSP is to deliver two-hour e-career mentoring roadshows in South Yorkshire on Tuesday 18 February. Mentor training is also available online.

FLSP Acting CEO Sarah Thwaites said: “Alongside professional careers advice, high quality careers information from people in the industry is paramount to help young people understand the career management skills needed within the world of work.

“It’s clear that employers need to forge closer links with schools and colleges. Our Get In Get On programme does exactly that in a high impact but low investment manner. The new year brings fresh enthusiasm, so I hope firms will commit to investing a relatively small amount of resource and make a big difference.”

The project has received co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Growth and Innovation Fund.

To find out more about the roadshows and the programme itself, call the Get In Get On team on 020 7367 9542 or email