Careers & Enterprise Mentoring Fund

The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) will be investing £3.5million in mentoring programmes to support thousands of young people across the country.

The government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company announced on Monday 28th November 2016, the successful bidders for its Investment Fund with TwentyTwenty in Leicestershire set to benefit.

TwentyTwenty, which has centres in Loughborough, Derby and Leicester City has been awarded £55,000 in grant funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Mentoring Fund. TwentyTwenty has also received a further £105,607 to deliver its mentoring programme in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The focus will be on engagement with schools in deprived areas of the city and county where there are low careers aspirations and there is evidence that students will rarely venture outside of their immediate surroundings.  The programme will also link with schools who have signed up to the Enterprise Adviser Network where mentoring provision is lacking or in need of improvement, placing a particular emphasis on those ‘forgotten middle’ pupils.

In total, the CEC will distribute first-round funding worth more than £3.5million to 39 mentoring organisations across the country, targeting almost 20,000 students. This is part of a wider first tranche of a £12million fund administered by the Company to scale up tried and tested employer mentoring programmes to create a new generation of mentors from the business community.

The Company also announced today (28th November) that the next round of investment from its careers and enterprise fund is now open for applications. The Company will invest more than £5million to support those pupils in secondary schools and colleges most in need. This includes £1million to scale up high quality programmes in the six government identified Opportunity Areas of West Somerset, Norwich, Blackpool, Scarborough, Oldham and Derby.

For more information on the Company’s mentoring campaign the careers and enterprise company logovisit,

To find out more about the LLEP’s mentoring priorities, see download below.


LLEP Mentoring Priorities (527.40 KB)