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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – Mentor Edinburgh
The FCA’s Scotland Office established its Mentor Edinburgh programme with Tynecastle High School in the 2017-18 school year and is now looking forward to Year 2. Mentor Edinburgh provides group coaching and 1-2-1 mentoring to fifteen thirteen-year olds (S2) from the school on a monthly basis. The aim of the programme is to motivate the young people to explore their potential throughout S2 - enabling them to grow in confidence and take early ownership of their own development.
The group coaching takes place in the FCA’s Edinburgh office and the 1-2-1 mentoring occurs in a local cafe - Akva (part of the Boda group). This helps distinguish the programme from the school curriculum while introducing the young people to different working environments. Both mentors and mentees engage with the programme on a voluntary basis.
Training, gender based matching and, the initial group coaching and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions took place in August 2017. The sessions will continue to run until June 2018 and work will begin with a new cohort from August 2018. The sessions take place during the school/working day as part of the school’s Personal and Social Education (PSE) timetable and are part of the FCA’s commitment to Corporate Responsibility.
Mentor Edinburgh works with both girls and boys, it took inspiration from the work of The Girl’s Network and relies upon the enthusiasm of the young people, mentors and FCA/school support team.