1-1 Professional Mentoring & Employability

BLOSSOM IN THE WORKPLACE.

LGBTQIA+ young adults deserve to find meaningful and long-lasting work. We're ensuring that the future generation of the workforce can blossom authentically in education and employment.

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MENTORING & COACHING

At the heart of our free mentoring and employability scheme, we’re proud to offer a queer-orientated programme for young adults, from the entire LGBTQIA+ community, aged from 16 to 30 to support them to stay in or find full-time education or employment. 

 

Our goal is to focus on increasing your chances of finding work that you care about. We do this through direct coaching, work experience, and group workshops.  

 

We also focus on providing you with holistic support which takes into account your entire person and identity. We think that this helps to increase your ability to enter work authentically and advocate for your needs as a proud intersectional person.

 

What to Expect:

Firstly, When you first sign up for the scheme we’ll book an initial call.

Secondly: During the call, we’ll create a small anonymous profile about who you are, what you’re looking to achieve, and what you’ve done to date. (This will be a no-judgment call designed to make sure you get connected with the perfect mentor!)

Thirdly: Once we’ve found a mentor for you, then you’ll meet with them to decide what your working relationship will look like, set your initial goals, and explore how they can help you to bloom!

and Finally, Once you’ve started to find some confidence we can then explore internships & job applications!

We must be clear from day one – you have the power. It’s up to you how you use our support, if you take our advice, or if you do what you agree. Your mentor will use frameworks to help you come up with your own conclusions and leave you to decide if you take action. 


From the go, our goal is to guide you through decision-making processes, not to give you direct instructions. The only condition for continued support is that you have to demonstrate how you’re working towards your targets. 

Our Approach to Mentoring

We must be clear from day one – you have the power. It’s up to you how you use our support, if you take our advice, or if you do what you agree. Your mentor will use frameworks to help you come to your own conclusions and leave you to decide if you take action. From the go, our goal is to guide you through decision-making processes, not to give you direct instructions. The only condition for continued support is that you have to demonstrate how you’re working towards your targets. 

 
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IN ADDITION TO MENTORING

Workshops on Employability & Life Skills.

Every month we’ll provide those on the mentoring scheme, along with other LGBT community members, the opportunities to join us for free workshops! In these workshops you’ll get hands on experience of different jobs, practical employment advice, and opportunities to meet like minded LGBTQ+ young adults who are also entering the world of work or education. This will be a mix of in-person and virtual depending on how the workshop is best delivered! 

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Internships & Volunteer Experience.

We’ll use some of our connections across the corporate world and the third sector to help you find voluntary internships in your dream roles to help build an impressive CV, demonstrate to workplaces your commitment, and help you feel confident that you’re ready to smash your dream job when the time comes. We’ll also invite you to come and experience difference offices, employment styles, and work life balance through our corporate friends. 

Support for Workplaces Employing Queer Young Adults.

Employers who get involved in our scheme will have the ability to access some of our industry leading LGBTQ+ inclusion training that centres the voices of LGBTQ+ young adults & supports them to create welcoming environments for the future generation of employees. We’ll also offer bespoke consultancy, workplace assessments, and mentoring partnerships to businesses to ensure that the individuals we place can truly thrive. 

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MENTEES ON-BOARD

MEET OUR LEAD FACILITATOR

These workshops are facilitated by Steph Elhaddad, our mentoring and employability project manager, who is passionate about aiding creative expression and discussing mentoring and employability. Supported by Blossom LGBT CIC, Steph brings over 20 years of experience in gender, sexuality, and DEI advocacy. With a background in consultancy and training, Steph has honed skills that enhance his ability to create safe and inclusive spaces. Steph has also volunteered extensively to set guidelines for the safety and anonymity of the LGBTQ+ community. We believe you'll love and thrive with him; perfect for creating a safe workplace space!

WHY OUR SCHEME MATTERS

Over 60% of LGBTQ+ graduates hide their identity when they enter the workforce.

Roughly 2 out of every 5 LGBTQ+ young adults are not in any form of education or work.

57% of LGBTQ+ job seekers left their last job because of anti-lgbt conduct.

A Special Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund.

This scheme has only been made possible as a result of the generous grant made to Blossom LGBT CIC by the National Lottery Community Fund. The Community Fund is a grant programme for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery for good causes.

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