Career Coach Needs You!

Bristol WORKS’ Career Coach programme is now recruiting for its second phase.

Launched earlier this year, the Career Coach programme made a commitment to children in care that aims to transform lives and empower young people. The pilot year saw 16 professionals matched with 16 young people and now that the new academic year has started, Bristol WORKS is on the look out for more volunteers.

Career Coach matches volunteer, professional coaches with young people, who are in year 9 (aged 13/14), and in care. The recruitment process aims to match inspirational local professionals with young people based on their interests and preferred ways of learning. The aim is to support the student over the next five years to:

  • Develop their interpersonal skills, to take responsibility, and to build self-efficacy and self-belief

  • Develop or increase their career ambitions and expectations 

  • Increase their information and knowledge about future pathways, including careers and education options

  • Develop their professional network

The aim is to match 16 further mentors with young people in year 2 (18/19 academic year). We are seeking professionals from industry, who hold senior and middle leadership positions, and who can commit to coaching a young person in care for five years. By sharing your expertise over five or six coaching sessions per academic year, you can have a lasting impact on a young person’s career pathway.

Ongoing supervision is provided in addition to:

·      Safeguarding training

·      Attachment training

·      Coaching training

Career Coach aims to motivate the students by modelling excellence and encouraging them to explore wider career opportunities including pathways to higher education and advanced apprenticeships.

If you would like to get involved we would be delighted to hear from you. A short telephone interview and follow up meeting is required before the matching process and essential training which will guide you to the next steps.

For further information please email WORKS@Bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 92 23318.