Welcome to the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme

reducing the attainment gap

bridging to the world of work


Our mission

Bridge Builders Mentoring exists to improve the social mobility and employability of young males and females, aged 10 and up, from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Our objectives

1. To reduce the attainment gap that exists between disadvantaged youngsters and their peers.

It is well recognised that disadvantaged youngsters tend to underachieve when compared to their peers. In 2012, 36% of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) gained 5 A grades at GCSE, compared to 63% of those not on FSM. (Ofsted, 2013). While this gap is closing, particularly with the introduction of the Pupil premium in 2011, it is happening at a very slow rate.

Our aim is to reduce this attainment gap – to ‘diminish the difference’.

2. To develop skills and character traits in youngsters that will increase their chances of securing and retaining employment that fulfils their potential.

For disadvantaged youngsters, it can sometimes be difficult to make the transition to the working world.  There are many reasons for this, e.g:

  • They may find themselves lacking knowledge about the employment opportunities that exist for them - and the kinds of skills they can build to improve their chances of accessing them
  • They may have low expectations of themselves or poor levels of self-confidence
  • They may lack a role model - or may simply not identify with life in the working world

We offer the opportunity to gain additional support, guidance and inspiration from middle and senior managers who are experienced in life and work, thereby helping these individuals to achieve their full potential.


Mentoring is a widely recognised training and development tool for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Traditionally, mentoring is defined as the long-term passing on of support, guidance and advice; a relationship in which a more experienced person uses their greater knowledge and understanding to support the development of a less experienced person.

Hear from our mentees

Find out what mentees think about Bridge Builders


Mentees, mentors, businesses and schools review their experiences of the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme, with a closing message from Dame Janet Trotter DBE

Case studies

Hear about the impact of the Bridge Builders programme from a parent of one of our mentees

Hear about the impact of Bridge Builders on some of our mentees