Future Faces mentorship scheme launches

30 August 2022

Young professionals across the West Midlands are to be offered invaluable guidance from senior business figures – through one-to-one mentoring sessions.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are backing an innovative project introducing a pilot mentoring scheme for its Future Faces members enabling them to tap into business expertise.

The scheme will see mentees develop their career skills with a one-to-one mentor who will support their future aspirations. Participants will be encouraged to enhance their networking skills and grow their professional network.

In turn, the mentors will be able to develop their own skillset, improve problem-solving and enhance their credentials as industry leaders.

There are 25 mentee and 25 mentor spaces available. Applicants for both should complete the following application form by 30 September: https://forms.gle/Zz3HeFgprs5NCutP7

Mentees must be members of Future Faces while mentors must have five years’ industry experience. The scheme involves six hour-long sessions over a minimum period of six months.

Training, guidance and support will be available from the Chamber and the mentoring committee, who comprise a variety of West Midland professionals, includes Harriet Saunders, Yung Lau, Ashley Kerr, Tom Bower, Freya Dearman and Kirstie Morris.

Previously, mentoring was not offered in a structured fashion but the Future Faces sub-committee has been set up to work with the Future Faces division to develop the pilot scheme.

The pilot looks to introduce a more structured mentoring scheme for current members and as a benefit for future members. Under the scheme, the general membership base of the Chambers of Commerce will be contacted to recruit mentors to match up with Future Faces members.

Harriet Saunders, chair of the mentoring sub-committee and executive committee member of Future Faces, said: “I am really pleased to launch the mentoring scheme and be able to support the career development and personal growth of West Midlands’ young professionals.

 “This is an excellent opportunity for business professionals across the region to help shape and guide our Future Faces members and contribute to the West Midland’s future talent pipeline.  

“We would like to call upon Chamber members to apply to mentor and take part in this exciting and transformative scheme.”

 “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Future Faces Committee and at the Chamber for their support and hard work in making this happen and helping us drive this opportunity forward.”

Pictured: Mentoring committee (L - R): Yung Lau (Jacobs), Harriet Saunders (The FSE Group), Tom Bower (Woods Hardwick), Kirstie Morris (Screed & Stone), Freya Dearman (Magma Legal) and Ashley Kerr (Mills & Reeve).

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