Student mentoring programmes

Whatever the scheme you choose to participate in, there are numerous benefits:

  • ​Develop key transferable skills such as communication and leadership skills.
  • ​Engage in volunteering opportunities that are valued by employers.
  • ​Enhance your CV and develop further employability skills through additional training.
  • ​Increase and develop social and academic confidence.
  • ​Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your own subject(s).
  • ​Sense of achievement on seeing a mentee develop and grow.
  • ​Meet new people and contacts through the schemes.
  • ​Receive a personal reference from the team upon successful completion of the programme.

The team provides mentor training for Hertfordshire students to work with their peers eligible for the Herts Success Programme and/or in Hertfordshire schools.

How to apply

Secondary School Mentoring

The team also delivers mentoring programmes in schools that can help raise pupils aspirations and confidence levels about higher education.

The young people will have been referred because they are able but not yet achieving their full potential and they may need support with study skills, motivation, emotional/behavioural difficulties but mostly the aim of the schemes is to broaden horizons.

Mentors will be matched to 4 or 5 young people to work with, generally on a one to one basis but schemes might include some small group work. Mentors will be expected to be able to commit to spending one morning per week in school over a period of ten weeks.

Participating in this programme will give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and will be an excellent opportunity if you are considering a career working with young people or doing a PGCE. It is also incredibly rewarding to see young people grow under your guidance.

You can contact the Widening Access team by emailing for any further information on the Schools Mentoring programmes.