Kingston University has one of the most diverse student populations in the UK. The institution has run mentor programmes before, but in 2015 KUTalent (the university’s careers service) wanted to run a programme specifically aimed at BAEM students, first generation university students, those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and students with disabilities. Gradconsult were privileged to be tasked with collaborating with the KU Talent team to grow and develop the existing mentor programme.
Kingston University has undertaken many mentoring schemes before, however this is the first scheme that has an employability focus has been targeted at particular groups of students: final year BAEM students, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and first generation students going to university.
The reason for the mentor scheme is to help bridge the gap between university and the world of work, resulting in, more job-ready graduates and an increase in employment rates.
How the challenge was met:
A programme plan that includes: