Become a business mentor

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We aim to drive SME growth and increase employability opportunities amongst the diverse community groups that help to make the region thrive.

For a business to reach its full growth potential, ensuring you have access to a highly skilled work-force is crucial. We recognise the importance of connecting successful business role models with our graduates to help develop the business talent of tomorrow.

Driving growth and employability within your community

As an entrepreneur or leader of a business with equality and diversity at its core, whichever sector you work within, we invite you to help us drive growth and employability in the region, and your business community by becoming a Business Mentor at Birmingham City University.

What will I gain from becoming a Business Mentor?

  • Help shape highly skilled, work-ready graduates that regional businesses need
  • Identify and nurture new talent for your organisation
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Expand your network of professional and academic contacts
  • Enrich your CV credentials
  • Delivering Corporate Social Responsibility activities for your organisation
  • Enjoy watching your mentee build their career following your guidance

What input is required of me as a Business Mentor?

We offer our graduates a minimum of one mentoring session per month over a six month period. The mentoring activity typically runs from November to May. To join us as a Business Mentor you would be asked to commit to these minimum requirements and dates, however you are more than welcome to offer your Mentee more frequent sessions, over a longer period of time, should you wish to have greater impact on their future.

Can I support more than one Mentee?

Yes, but to ensure you have the time and capacity to offer a beneficial level of support to all of your mentees we wouldn’t recommend you being a Business Mentor for more than three students.

How and where is the mentoring delivered?

You could hold your mentoring sessions at your place of work, at Birmingham City University, at a mutually convenient location for you both, online with our Brightside Hub, or through a combination of all. You and your Mentee are free to plan sessions at the locations that suit you best.

If you would like to nurture the business leaders of tomorrow…

Discover how we can help you drive business growth.