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Diversity in the profession

Diversity through mentoring

Author: ICAEW

Published: 03 Dec 2020

Why is mentoring important?

One way to increase diversity in the profession is to offer mentoring to young people with high potential from diverse backgrounds. This mentoring can help:

  • Provide valuable career and labour market information
  • Develop key business skills, through reflection, coaching and transfer of experience
  • Showcase role models by pairing mentees with mentors from similar backgrounds

Through this mentoring, the young person can make informed decisions, feel supported in any applications they make and have a vision of where the career could take them.

What mentoring is available?

  • ICAEW will be running a pilot mentoring scheme for young people.
  • Various schemes with employers here

Deloitte's Mentoring Matters programme

ICAEW Foundation and Deloitte partnered in 2019 to launch a mentoring programme for students in receipt of an ICAEW Foundation bursary in UK universities. The programme covers essential matters such as study support, career planning and wellbeing for each student. The Mentoring Matters programme is also open to students who applied for an ICAEW Foundation bursary but were unsuccessful. The programme will cover essential matters such as study support, career planning and wellbeing for each student. The Mentoring Matters programme is also open to students who applied for an ICAEW Foundation bursary but were unsuccessful.

Deloitte is collaborating with ICAEW Foundation to deliver the mentoring support under its One Million Futures initiative.

“Coupled with the financial support our Changing Futures bursaries deliver, access to Mentoring Matters is a vital component in underpinning both the wellbeing of our students during their study journey as well as their future career success." 

Shauna Bevan, Trustee