Business Mentor

Business mentor sat at desk with mentee

Location/region: National


As a Business Mentor, you will provide support by sharing your skills, professional experience and time with participants who are interested in self-employment. Help with pre-self-employment set up, and sessions delivered remotely to determine if being self-employed is the right choice for the participant. Sessions will cover a range of topics to provide the participant(s) with the knowledge to make well-informed decisions. Facilitate peer support sessions (online) to encourage networking and idea sharing with fellow self-employed individuals as well as help troubleshoot issues. Sessions to include ‘Is self-employment right for me’, marketing, networking, and sourcing funds for set up. 

Key tasks

Scoping the feasibility of business or self-employment ideas, providing support and guidance to participants, and discussing milestone activities. Support is to be given via online virtual delivery with one-to-one support.

What’s in it for you

You get to share your skills, experience, and knowledge with participants, which will contribute to building their confidence. Also, you will assist participants in gaining a comprehensive understanding of self-employment and guide them in the preparation process, and help participants enhance the skills required for this endeavour.

What we are asking for

  • An understanding of business operations is essential. This includes experience in both small and large business environments, encompassing aspects like communications, funding and accounts, market research, customer service, marketing, law, and sales.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must, along with patience and attentive listening abilities.
  • A readiness to provide support to vulnerable adults on an individual basis is crucial.
  • Proficiency in IT skills, including confidence with video conferencing, is expected.
  • Maintaining a professional demeanour is essential, as is a collaborative mindset to work with Shaw Trust staff and partners in assisting individuals toward self-employment.
  • Commitment to offer continuous mentoring support to individuals.
  • Experience in working with or supporting people facing disadvantages, such as health issues, disability, or a lack of employability skills.

Volunteer hours

Four hours between 9am and 5pm between Monday and Friday.