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Big Brother Mentoring Programme

We have been working with Brother UK for two years, delivering a mentoring programme for Year 10 and 11 students. It’s wonderful to see the development of the students as they have progressed through the programme, this is down to the hard work of the mentors, the structured programme that is personalised to meet the needs of the students and the positive relationships they have developed. This year, the mentors have supported the students with college applications, CV writing and mock interviews to help them prepare for their exams. Whilst the students have developed many skills through the programme, the main impact has been the confidence to aspire to be successful in their chosen career.

- Jonathan Knott, KS4 Intervention Manager, Denton Community College

Opportunities for everyone

The strong focus we have on activities local to our office means that our colleagues who live outside the area can’t participate in the same way.

This year, we made our Community Engagement Programme more flexible, enabling our none office based colleagues the opportunity to get involved. One example of this is Liam Fitzgerald who joined the BEE Mentoring Programme. This London-based charity is set up to provide mentors for young people during their GCSE year with the aim of improving exam results and giving them support and skills during a very tough period.

Liam’s mentee was selected from students at his old school and Liam was able to work with him, helping prioritise school work and providing a sounding board to discuss options post-GCSEs.

Liam found the experience very rewarding and recommends mentoring programmes as a means of self-development. He found the work challenging but learned lots about himself and his own capabilities.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiatives

We continue to support several industry days, The Tameside Hack and National Careers Week, all with a continued emphasis on STEM subjects.


Tameside Hack

Tameside Hack invites young people across our community to participate in a real world technical project. We challenged around 70 students to hack a digital support, whereby colleagues at Brother UK could actively engage using support tools and access help and advice. 


Mock interviews

We provide students with interview techniques, ensuring they are engaged and feel prepared.


National Careers Week

Colleagues supported ‘National Careers Week’ at Russell Scott Primary School in Denton, where they shared details of their job roles with the students. A female engineer attended during ‘National Women in STEM day’. She demonstrated her job to give them a real idea of her day-to-day role.


Work experience

We host work experience placements for students, giving them a taste of the real world of work.


Employability programme 

Two teams from the business decided that they wanted to support our Employability Programme, believing that it would be beneficial as a team building exercise, as well as a support to the programme.The head of each team had previously mentored young people and knew the sense of fulfilment and well-being it provides so they wanted their teams to experience this too. They decided to get involved with our Employability Programme which is run in partnership with The Manchester Fire Station and The Prince’s Trust.The first thing they found out was how different they all were, and how different their backgrounds in education and work had been. This gave them some great insights into each other and also into how they might accommodate these differences into the programme. The programme included skills building, focusing on CV writing, communicating and interview preparation.


Emma Sercombe, The Prince's Trust team manager

It was great to have support from Brother UK with our Prince’s Trust Team Programme. Gemmer was really helpful in organising the two days and the team who ran the sessions were really welcoming and engaging. They had put a lot of thought into the activities to make them interesting and suitable for the participants. Visiting a real workplace is a really important opportunity for our young people.

Get in touch to discuss community engagement opportunities