Thanks to the High Five campaign backed by Lloyds Banking Group, volunteers from across the country have each earned Young Enterprise a £5 donation by completing Get Mentoring’s online training. Now, Lloyds has committed to extending the scheme beyond November to reach a target of 2,000 online-trained mentors through this campaign – for which they will donate a massive £10,000.
If you haven’t yet completed Get Mentoring’s fully-funded online training, there’s still time to earn Young Enterprise a £5 donation courtesy of Lloyds Banking Group, by signing up and completing the course here
So far the High Five campaign has seen an impressive 1,500 entrepreneurs complete the course since its launch, which tied in with Global Entrepreneurship Week. But the Bank has generously agreed to extend the campaign to reach a target of 2,000 online learners – equating to a £10,000 donation for the UK’s largest enterprise charity. So, complete the training now and you could not only mentor the start-ups and growing businesses of today, but support future generations of entrepreneurs, too.
Once trained, mentors are able to offer objective support and guidance to start-ups and growing businesses across the country. And with research showing that twice as many mentored small businesses make it through the first five years of trading than those that don’t receive mentoring, the campaign will help to provide a much-needed boost to the economy.
Mentoring manager at Lloyds Banking Group, Jackie Jenks said at the start of the campaign:
“The UK is home to a real wealth of potential business mentors who may not be aware that the skills they have developed throughout their own careers can easily be translated into valuable guidance for other aspiring businesspeople.
“Our partnership with SFEDI and Get Mentoring aims to unearth this talent by encouraging as many volunteers as possible to train as mentors, equipping them with the skills needed to turn their own knowledge and insight into constructive guidance that can really benefit UK Entrepreneurship.”
“We chose Young Enterprise as the benefactor of our donation as it is an organisation we have worked with on numerous occasions as part of our wider mentoring support. This means we have seen first-hand the difference they are able to make to young people interested in learning through enterprise.”
Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said:
“We are thrilled with the support from Lloyds Banking Group and SFEDI and are confident that their efforts will really make a difference not just to our organisation, but to UK enterprise as a whole. “Since Young Enterprise was created in 1962 the charity has given a taste of the world of work, business and enterprise to 3.8 million young people. Last year around 26,000 15-19 year olds ran real companies under the guidance of precisely the kind of business mentors that this initiative will provide.
“This is the next generation of businesspeople that we need to help our economy return to sustainable growth.”