OUR MENTORING HOTLINE HAS BEEN OPEN FOR 1 WHOLE YEAR!
Back in October 2020, during one of the many heights of the pandemic, Freestar and our friends at The People were shocked and saddened by the lack of opportunities for young people. Overall unemployment had increased for every age group but it was young people who were being hit the hardest.
We had already enrolled on The Prince’s Trust’s mentoring scheme as mentors but we felt swifter and more accessible action was needed and so we started a mentoring hotline – offering 30 minute google hangout ‘speed mentoring’ sessions with a mentor matched to your industry.
We gathered a group of a dozen founders and business leaders and cleared our diaries on Friday afternoons for the month we dubbed ‘Jobtober’.
The response was overwhelming and what started as 1 month project swiftly became 2, then 3, then 6. Our group of mentors doubled in size and after 6 months we had helped over 100 young people on their job seeking journey.
The fact was this jobs crisis wasn’t going anywhere and therefore neither was the Hotline. We made the decision to keep it open and now, after 1 year, it remains a free and accessible program for anyone young and unemployed (info on how to sign up below!).
Of course we wish we didn’t have to continue the Hotline and that there was never even a need to start it in the first place but with the end of the Furlough scheme in September and a slow recovery in hospitality and travel (heavily staffed by young people) it looks set to remain open for the foreseeable.
That being said, as we mark the occasion of 1 year of The Hotline we’re proud of our stats and the incredible difference the mentors have made:
180 YOUNG PEOPLE HELPED
140+ HOURS LOGGED
19 JOBS LANDED
The Hotline remains OPEN so screengrab/save/share and fwd this page or this link to anyone you know who might be interested in signing up!
Freestar and The People