Apprentices are promoted to Peer Mentors
The apprentice team have completed their Level Two NVQ as Customer Service Practitioners and are moving towards their Level Three in Advice and Guidance. As apprentices they have spent months shadowing experienced members of the team, allowing them to gain skills, confidence and build independent caseloads.
The new peer mentors will enable the Face Forward team to see and work with more clients. They will work to build rapport, encourage and engage with young adults across Dorset. Peer mentors will also visit client’s homes, explore the barriers to progression clients are facing and guide clients through short achievable goals that will empower them to make positive changes in their lives.
Marc, Face Forward Learning Coordinator, said: “seeing my team progress from being new starters with little confidence in their own abilities, to becoming young professionals is inspiring. Each team member has embraced their own route through the NVQ to become more knowledgeable, skilful and confident to support our client’s needs.
“They are all positive role models for the apprenticeship framework and of course have grown to become incredible assets to the project.”
Josh, Peer Mentor, said: “I love seeing people make positive changes to their lifestyle and supporting them to achieve goals that they may not have thought possible. This makes it very rewarding to be progressing to becoming a peer mentor, all the hard work has paid off.”
Face Forward’s peer to peer mentoring system allows for young people to be allocated a peer mentor or apprentice to work alongside them and support them as they move through their development plan. This gives the young people someone who is of similar age and who they can relate to, to lean on and talk to through their time with the programme.
Hear directly from the Peer Mentors in their interview with BBC Radio Solent:
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Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.