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Mentees can now get targeted work-related help and advice

e-Mentoring Ltd, the leading supplier of e-mentoring solutions to the not-for-profit sector, now supports Work Related Learning within its successful e Mentor Pro service. The new functions, which were developed jointly with the London Central Education Business Alliance, enable a student to request help from a mentor with a specific skill or experience. Mentors with the appropriate skills can be allocated to a student for a two to four week period for a concentrated dialogue. The new way of working is popular with both mentors and mentees because by focusing on one subject for a short time, it delivers quick and tangible benefits to the mentee, and is more motivational for mentors whose skills and experience can be directed to those who really benefit.

The upgraded e-Mentor Pro system captures skill data provided by the mentors themselves into the database. The Mentor also sets a maximum number of mentees that he will help at a time. The mentee requests help in specific areas, and e-Mentor Pro provides a short list of mentors with the right skills to the e-mentoring administrator for allocation to the mentee. Students are able to ask questions relating to careers, higher education vocational skills and many other topics.

Security is top priority with all personal details such as full name and email addresses as well as a copy of every email sent stored in encrypted format on a secure server maintained by e Mentoring Ltd. Mentor and mentee are not allowed to know each other's contact details. All communications are handled securely, monitored and archived by e-Mentor Pro. This complete audit trail protects mentees and mentors and coordinators. The software automatically checks for suspicious words or phrases and sends a random selection of emails for coordinator inspection.

Rob Williamson, London Central EBA mentoring manager, (covering the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth) commented, “The growing emphasis placed on employer involvement in education and the statutory introduction of work related learning in schools led us to realise that we could extend the use of our existing e mentoring solution. We asked e Mentoring Ltd to enhance the software, and we are very pleased with the outcome. Many more students are now using the system, and we feel that the benefits to them have been more tangible and immediate.”

David Horne, Director of e Mentoring Ltd said, “We are delighted to see the use of e-mentoring being expanded in this way, so that more young people can benefit from the experience of the mentors that generously give their time to provide help and experience. At e Mentoring Ltd we are committed to making our service as flexible and economical and as safe as possible. WRL is a direct result of working with LCEBA. The new system is already now being implemented enthusiastically by another client, and we will make it available to our other customers as an option.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS

Established in 2002 e-Mentoring Limited specialises in supplying secure e-Mentoring solutions to schools, local authorities, and other public sector bodies.

e-Mentor Pro is a secure, yet easy to use internet-based system enabling many more disadvantaged young people to benefit from fully managed mentoring. Both mentee and mentor are protected by a series of security features which include encrypted data and hidden email addresses, records of all communications with screening and full audit trail, and effective random-checking of emails.

Developed with the not-for-profit sector in mind, e-Mentor Pro is priced to meet most public sector budgets.

e-Mentor Pro is used in more than 180 schools by 21 mentoring organisations across the UK and Province of Northern Ireland, as well as in Australia. Our mentors come from over 350 organisations and are spread across the world from Hong Kong through Europe to San Francisco.


For more information contact:
David Horne
e-Mentoring Ltd
Tel: 01883 342321
Email: david@e-mentoring.net

Andreina West/Mary Phillips
PR Artistry Ltd
Tel: 01491 636191
email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk

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