About the Project

The Personal Mentor Network is a unique service running in pilot locations across Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Managed by Petroc, on behalf of the City Deal, the service is being delivered by participating organisations throughout the area. Personal Mentors provide tailored advice and guidance designed to support young people who are finding it particularly hard to secure regular employment. The service has been created to fill the gaps in support identified by young people and their Work Coaches from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). As a pilot programme, the service is available only in certain areas throughout the peninsula and qualifying young people must be referred by their Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches. The Personal Mentor Network is funded by the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal and Cabinet Office. The service will run until May 2017 with delivery happening until December 2016.

About the Youth Deal

The Personal Mentor Network is a pioneering project funded through the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal. It forms part of the Youth Deal - a series of programmes aimed at tackling youth unemployment. The Youth Deal comprises the Personal Mentor Network, Dream It Live It, a flagship scheme that will enable young people to progress in work and in their careers, and the Manufacturer’s Challenge to encourage young people to consider apprenticeships and careers in manufacturing and advanced engineering. In total, the Youth Deal will support 1,500 young people through these programmes and aims to achieve sustained employment for 540.

About the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal

Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal is a deal with government to deliver economic growth in the south west in exchange for the government devolving powers and funding. The deal area covers Plymouth, Cornwall, Devon, Torbay and Somerset and is supported by Plymouth City Council, the Heart of the South West LEP, Plymouth University, Devon County Council, Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, West Devon Borough Council, South Hams District Council, Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency, City College Plymouth, Exeter University, South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP), Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Babcock, Princess Yachts and Plymouth Marine Laboratories.

Project Aim

The aim of the project is to provide individually tailored packages of support with a Personal Mentor for young people who have been unemployed for more than 3 months. The individual support packages will be up to 4 hours a week for up to 12 weeks for the young person to find their way in to employment, with a further 26 hours of in work support available over a 6-26 week period if they gain employment.

Scroll down to find stories from across the network about how young people are benefitting from our mentors’ support.

Project Partners

Petroc is managing a partnership consisting of the following eight organisations across the South West peninsula to deliver the project:

  • City College Plymouth
  • DCH
  • I Can Do That!
  • Pluss
  • St Loye’s Foundation
  • Targeted Youth Support
  • Tomorrow’s People Trust
  • Young Devon

Project Eligibility - Do you qualify?

If you’re aged between 18 and 24 you could benefit from having a Personal Mentor to help you find employment. If you live in one of the areas below and are currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit, speak to your JCP Work Coach to see if they can refer you to the Personal Mentor Network.

  • Bideford
  • Exeter
  • Frome & Bridgwater
  • Liskeard
  • Plymouth
  • Tiverton
  • Torbay

Case Studies