Young Minds Matter Mentoring service for learners aged 16-24

Partnership with Young Minds Matter

We are proud to announce that we are now partnered with Young Minds Matter to offer our learners a mentoring service.

This service is available to all JBC Skills Training learners aged 16-24, across our apprenticeship and IT Career Builder Programme.

This service will provide our learners with a Young Minds Mentor to offer them support and guidance throughout their time on programme with JBC Skills Training.

Our learners can now receive practical help and support on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety & Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Emotional & Physical Abuse
  • Financial Concerns
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationships
  • Course, Learning and Employment difficulties

All sessions are 1:1 and confidential (except in cases where the individual is believed to be in danger or pose a risk to others).

Here is what Young Minds Matter defines as a Young Minds Mentor:

A Young Minds Mentor is trained to provide support and guidance to young people who are experiencing difficulties or concerns due to social, emotional, behavioural, academic or other issues.  Or, quite possibly, the young person might feel, especially with the effects of Covid-19 and lockdown, that they have become a little anxious or have lost some confidence, drive or self-esteem and might just need some support and guidance to get themselves ‘back on track’.

A Young Minds Mentor provides a listening ear and an impartial, confidential, non-judgemental view to a young person’s concerns, in a safe space, and can help these young people gain self-esteem and belief.

They can, if required, give them the confidence to achieve goals or often simply offer a guiding hand in developing daily life skills, such as motivation, focus, self-control, taking on challenges, communication skills, setting goals and future aspirations.

A YMM mentor is not a counsellor, psychotherapist or any other mental health professional, nor do they envisage taking away the role of any of these professionals within the school or learning environment; they are there to supplement and work alongside educational staff or any other in-house service to support young people.

Eliza Lindsay, Business Manager at Young Minds Matter, has been working with our Quality and Safeguarding Lead, Trevor Hopkins, to arrange this support for our learners.
This is what she had to say about our partnership:

“We are so delighted to have two of our trained mentors working with JBC learners. Our mentors provide an independent, non-judgemental ear and a safe space for young people to discuss any issues in their lives. Often, all it takes is a supportive mentor to help guide a young person through their struggles. In cases where more support is needed, our mentors are trained to signpost young people in the right direction. Peter and Sue have both worked extensively with young people already and are looking forward to mentoring JBC learners in the coming months.”

Dan Pearson, Managing Director at JBC Skills Training, said

From time to time some of our younger learners need that bit extra support, someone to talk to independently. Partnering with Young Minds Matter means our young learners and apprentices have a trained professional to talk to about personal issues, which is a service I am really pleased we are able to provide.

Our Quality and Safeguarding Lead, Trevor Hopkins, has worked hard with the team at Young Minds Matter to put together our new mentoring service.
Here’s what he had to say:

I’m immensely proud that JBC are partnering with YMM to offer our young people access to mentoring services. A recent survey by NHS England suggests that 1 in 6 people between the ages of 16 and 24 have a need for support with their mental health. With support services like CAMHS and IAPT services under significant strain, early low-level interventions that help young people develop tools to manage their anxiety and mental health more effectively. The opportunity to direct a young person experiencing difficulties whether they be financial, academic, employment driven or whatever, to a trained, experienced mentor who can help them make sense of what they are experiencing and develop a toolkit that enables them to help them to manage their own mental health and wellbeing is immensely valuable.

JBC Skills Training learners can self refer by clicking here.

For more information on the services that Young Minds Matter offer, visit

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