Mentoring and Employment

At Exit Foundation, we pride ourselves on offering a tailored mentoring programme. This is designed to provide practical guidance and support in moving people away from criminal activity. By uncovering the root of the problem and providing a pathway into employment, training or education, we hope to help individuals change their attitudes and beliefs.

Our tailored mentoring programmes are designed to give a second chance to individuals ready to build a better life. If you know somebody who could benefit from our help or if you’d like to become a volunteer or mentor yourself, please get in touch.

Our 16-Week Bespoke Mentoring Programme

Our tailored mentoring programme is designed to offer intensive supervision, intervention, prevention, and mentoring support to individuals looking to escape a life of violence and criminal activity. Our 16-week programme is divided into four monthly sections, each tailored to the specific individual, and designed to encourage growth and development.

Weeks 1-4 are centred around an initial assessment with the aim of pairing our client with a mentor who will complement them and support their needs. In order to do so, we will learn about the client’s background, including their family, schooling, upbringing, morals, and faith. It is in this preliminary stage where we will encourage our client to set initial goals for change.

Weeks 5-8 are focused on the client’s wider social background. We will develop an understanding of their neighbourhood, friends, affiliations, drug use, income, and more. In this second phase, we aim to continue uncovering the roots of the client’s problems and locate methods to build on initial goals.

Weeks 9-12 is where we continue to understand the client’s current climate whilst also looking towards the future. Together, with the client, we will begin to develop longer-term goals and set action plans to reach them. It is here that we intend to identify hopes, aspirations, and explore determination to change.

Weeks 13-16 are designed to transition the individual into effective employment, training or education, dependent on their personal circumstances. We will map out the process of accessing these end goals as well as help with applications, CV-writing, and interview preparation. Once employment, training or education has been achieved, the mentoring focuses on maintaining this change.

A key to our mentoring success is that we’re dedicated to supporting both the family and the individual throughout and after their transition. Following the 16-week programme, we engage with the individual as the need arises. We recognise that our clients’ situations are often complex and require ongoing support, often for at least a year, to see lasting results.

60% of our clients have gained and sustained employment after completing our mentoring programme.

Reparations Programme

At Exit Foundation, we continually strive to act as a resource and point-of-contact for young people to provide information, advice and guidance on education, training, and employment. It is for this reason that we have developed our reparations programme consisting of three AQA approved and accredited courses.

Learn and understand the basic maintenance of a motor vehicle including:

  • Vehicle servicing
  • Oil change
  • Air filter and oil filter change
  • Brake pad removal and replacement
  • Tyre change
  • Wiper blade replacement

Learn and understand basic repairs on household appliances including:

  • Fault finding techniques and how to apply them
  • How to use and care for fault diagnostic equipment
  • How to interpret drawings and circuit diagrams
  • Service requirements of appliances

Learn manual handling techniques, customer care principles, and health and safety at our reuse centre

  • House clearances and furniture delivery
  • Manual handling and warehouse stock control
  • Customer care principles and certification
  • Health and safety training

The importance of mentors

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