About the Project

The Personal Mentor Network is a unique service running in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay and Liskeard in Cornwall. 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).

Project Aim

The aim of the project is to provide individually tailored packages of support with a Personal Mentor for young people who are looking for sustained employment. 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 6 months’ in work support available 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 organisations across the South West peninsula to deliver the project:

  • I Can Do That!
  • Pluss
  • Routeways
  • Young Devon

Project Eligibility - Do you qualify?

If you’re aged between 18 and 24 and living in Devon, Somerset or East Cornwall (Liskeard area) you could benefit from having a Personal Mentor to help you find employment. If you 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.

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.

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.

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