Give back and change lives

Mentoring helps people dream bigger and reach higher. As a Social Mobility Foundation mentor, you'll help talented young people shine in education and work.

Your mentee will be part of our life-changing Aspiring Professionals Programme. With our support, you'll help young people gain the skills, knowledge and networks to reach their full potential.


How mentoring works at the Social Mobility Foundation

Our students are either eligible for free school meals, the first in their family to attend university or both.

We match you to a mentee who wants to work in your sector. You'll mainly chat over our secure e-mentoring platform, with opportunities to meet at monthly events.

Your mentee will ask questions like ‘which university courses should I consider to get a job like yours?’ or ‘what resources will help me learn about my career?’ Our dedicated team is here to help when you don't have the answers yourself.

Sixth-form and S5 students

From university choices to career options, big decisions are on the horizon for these young people.

You'll help them navigate this important stage of life and provide the foundations for success in education and work.

“Every time I reached a milestone, I really enjoyed sharing it with my mentors. They provided me with a variety of interview tips, which ended up being extremely useful and helped me to secure a place on the apprenticeship programme that I wanted.”

Aspiring Professionals Programme Student


When it comes to joining the UK's most competitive professions, graduating is a milestone and not the destination.

Mentor an undergraduate to help them navigate the world of CVs, covering letters, graduate schemes, first job interviews and life after university.

“Having one-to-one support from a mentor helped me to develop both from an educational perspective and as an individual. My mentor helped me with revision techniques and work experience. I would recommend it to any student.”

Aspiring Professionals Programme Student

Next steps

Your mentoring journey starts here



Enter your details to join this year's mentoring cycle.



We'll do our best to match you with a student in your sector.



We'll train you and get you started with your mentee.

Good to know

Mentoring is mainly delivered through our secure online platform. We ask that mentors communicate with their mentee at least once per fortnight.

You’ll also:


Meet your mentee at our organised meet-ups


Receive monthly bulletins with advice and suggested conversation topics


Get support from our dedicated mentoring team

All mentors working with sixth-form students require a DBS (England and Wales) or PVG (Scotland) check. We facilitate this free of charge.



Zahraa and I discussed various career and university options. I used my experience to (hopefully!) provide useful guidance. I found the mentorship very rewarding and look forward to many more years volunteering with the fantastic SMF!

Tom Wardle



Tom's guidance has been invaluable. He offered advice from an experienced position, which I would not have had access to elsewhere. He pushed me to take on more ambitious opportunities. I would love to become a mentor in the future.



Aspiring Professionals Programme Student