Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme
The Aimhigher Mentor Scheme through Birmingham City University gives undergraduates the opportunity to train and develop skills in mentoring young people that will enhance their CV and make them more attractive to prospective employers.
The learners are secondary school and college pupils identified by school/college staff as the target group with the potential to achieve GCSEs (or sixth form equivalent) grade Cs and above but for some reason are underachieving. When necessary mentors also play a more pastoral role.
Mentors are matched to learners on the basis of gender, ethnicity, academic and social interests, so that they have more of a chance of acting as a successful role model. One-to-one and group meetings are held at the school/college on a weekly basis and last approximately one hour. If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, an e-mentoring session may take place. The arrangement is for at least one academic year and at the end mentors are encouraged to empower learners, so that they can go on to achieve by independently.