The Transforming Hidden Talent Programme

Media Trust is looking for mentors to share their experiences and help transform the hidden talent of 100 young people.

We are working together with the media and creative industries to combat the issue of youth unemployment and drive more diversity into the sector. The Transforming Hidden Talent programme supports 100 young people; aged 16-25 who are living in Birmingham, London and Manchester. By connecting young people with peer mentors we aim to build their skills, raise their professional profile, develop their personal brand and move them into employment in the media and creative industries.

Our pilot programme launched in January 2016 and many of the young people taking part in the programme have now found work, apprenticeships or education opportunities within the media and creative industries.

What’s involved?

Over the course of 6-12 months you will provide monthly mentor sessions to a young person, or a group of young people.

Mentor sessions can include: 1-2-1 peer mentoring sessions, masterclasses, workshops, networking events or any other ideas you would like to put forward.

Who can become a mentor?

We’re looking for professionals who work within the media and creative industries based in and around Birmingham, London and Manchester.

No matter your experience or expertise, the only requirements are that you commit to at least an hour a month and have the empathy, drive and enthusiasm needed to help kick-start a young person’s career. By becoming a mentor you will be providing invaluable support to a young person as they navigate their first steps into the industry.

We will also provide quarterly training sessions and the support you need to hone your skills.

To apply

Complete the application form or email Stephanie Sowersby at stephanies@mediatrust.org. Ttweet us at @Media_Trust using the hashtag #HiddenTalent