Mentoring pairs step up to receive awards

Published: 15 June 2007 at 14:28

An Anglia Ruskin University Mentoring Awards ceremony that took place recently at its East Road campus in Cambridge has marked the successful conclusion of the 2006-2007 Employer Mentoring Scheme.

The scheme, which attracted some 50 or so business participants in this its fourth year, is designed to match students at university with individuals in a relevant job, who make a commitment to help them gain an understanding of their work environment, its culture, its expectations, its demands and even its frustrations. 

During the celebratory event, the participating students and their employer mentors received certificates from the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Jenny Bailey, to acknowledge their contribution to the scheme which has seen them working together in a mentoring relationship for a period of six months. 

Employers nationally identify the lack of business awareness among graduates as being a significant barrier to progress. Addressing this criticism, Anglia Ruskin University developed its Employer Mentoring Scheme, a targeted program giving students an opportunity to be supported and mentored by a graduate or professional from local organisations on a one-to-one basis. Each mentor helps a student to evaluate and enhance their personal skills and business awareness. 

The region’s participating employers include Pi Consulting, EEDA, Atos Origin,  Motorola,  Eversheds and online security firm Ncipher, Ubisence,Woodhead Publishing  plus East Cambs District t Council, the Cambridge Constabulary, Kettles Yard and a range of other businesses including software engineers, a recording studio, publishers and lawyers.

They all benefit from the free Anglia Ruskin University training and developmental opportunities, additionally attaining access to motivated and enthusiastic students. The training develops skills that are essential for the formation of an effective mentoring relationship. Many trained mentors returned to the scheme this year but more are required for next year’s programme. 

If you are an employer and are interested in taking part in the Employer Mentoring Scheme call 0845 196 2541 or email