Aston Mentoring Scheme receives national accreditation

APS
18 June 2013

The Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme has been awarded the “Approved Provider Standard” (APS) accreditation by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) aims to increase the effectiveness and quality of mentoring /befriending projects in the UK.The “APS” is the national standard for mentoring in which to qualify all mentoring schemes have to pass 12 elements focused on the key management and operational areas. Schemes which meet the requirements are accredited for three years.

In addition to passing the twelve elements the MBF also interviewed a number of Aston’s key business executives involved in the scheme and student mentees.

Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme is one of the few to be awarded the APS accreditation. The national accreditation recognises the quality of the scheme in both managing and delivering key targets.

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School said; “I am delighted to see the quality of the Professional Mentoring Scheme has been recognised nationally. This mentoring scheme highlights the strong relationships that Aston maintain with industry. We are very grateful to the business professionals who have been involved in the mentoring scheme and who have supported the development of our students over the past few years.”

Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Aston University said; “The insight which business professionals offer to our students is invaluable. Achieving this accreditation justifies the great work they have put in, as well as giving future mentors more confidence that their effort will be worthwhile.”

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For further information on the Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme, please contact Nathalie Lam, Business Partnerships Manager n.lam1@aston.ac.uk or 0121 204 3339.

Notes for Editors:

Introduced in 2010,  Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme is managed by the Aston Business School Business Partnerships Team. The scheme matches second year undergraduate students from all four schools of study with business professionals, to enable the development of professional skills development while assisting them in preparing and making career decisions.  Business professionals mentor students one-to-one from November to April.

Last year 110 business executives from a range of successful SME, national and international companies including; Accenture, BMW, Barclays, Blackberry Production Limited, Blue Sky Corporate Finance Limited, BT, Cap Gemini, Chiltern Railways, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Cogent Elliot, Deutsche Bank, DHL, ESPN, Eversheds LLP, Gateley LLP, H & R ChemPharm (UK) Limited, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres, NEC Group, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG LLP, Marks & Spencer, McCann Erickson, Mitchells & Butlers Plc, Pinewood Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Randstad, TUI Travel Plc and Unilever.