Every region promised access to mentoring programmes in £3.5m investment

Employer mentoring programmes targeting students most at risk of disengaging from education are to receive £3.5 million in government funding, with every area of England promised at least one dedicated mentoring organisation.

The government-funded Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), whose job it is to improve the quality of careers advice and education-employer engagement across the country, unveiled the funding this week.

A total of 39 organisations are to receive money under the Mentoring Investment Fund, with the CEC claiming that as many as 20,000 young people are to benefit.

The CEC says that the funds have been allocated so that every Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region has at least one dedicated mentoring organisation to support activity.

The fund will focus on students who are about to begin their GCSEs but “risk underachieving and falling behind their peers”.

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