Skills workshops

Delivered in-house by experienced, highly qualified trainers, the Bridge Builders Mentoring skills workshops are designed to help young people who have to deal with the negative consequences of growing up in a low-income family. The workshops give participants a chance to explore key issues in a non-threatening environment and develop new skills that they can use in their daily lives.

politeSocial etiquette

Social etiquette skills are a vitally important yet often underestimated set of skills that every young person should develop. It is a proven fact that good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in school, personal life and business relationships.

Our very popular Social Etiquette course enables students to recognise the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, learn how to deal with difficult people, discover the importance of simple manners; and present themselves with confidence they need to be successful in life. It also includes listening skills, body language and conversation skills. The course is designed for young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds with an interest in communication and etiquette.


The most recent Government figures advised that 735,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in January to March 2015.  The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds is 15.9% and is higher amongst young men than women. Competition for jobs is intense, and young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds often find themselves missing out.

Our Employability course provides students with everything they need to know about making the right choices to become a successful, employable person. The course explores 12 practical steps to helping young people get their lives and careers back on track, including job hunting secrets, CV writing, interview skills and career management.

Teen boy head in handsAnger management

Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. It tells us “we need to take action to put something right”. However, out of control anger is a highly destructive force, leading to problems at school, work and home, and the degradation of personal relationships. Ultimately, unresolved anger can severely impair the quality of life for the affected person and all those around them.

Our Anger Management course aims to help young people who struggle with controlling their anger. By the end of it, they will understand more about their emotions and how to express them in a constructive – not destructive – way. This course will be beneficial to any young people who find themselves frequently involved in fights or arguments, are prone to losing their temper, are at risk of or have been in trouble with the law because of their temper, or regularly find themselves in altercations with family members.

Managing violence and aggression

The 2011-2012 Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that there were 2.1 million recorded violent incidents in that year, with many more likely unrecorded. Young people are surrounded by violence and aggression in their communities, through the media and even sometimes in their own homes. Successful management and understanding of violence and aggression is important for everyone.

Our Managing Violence and Aggression course will enable students to understand more about violent and abusive behaviour, and help them develop the skills to deal with it. The course explores a variety of techniques to de-escalate violent, aggressive and abusive behaviours, and helps students to develop the communication skills required to be successful. The course is recommended for any student from a low income background that is likely to face violence and aggression in their everyday lives.

Character and resilience

In 2014, a cross-party parliamentary report was published on schools in Britain.  The report stated that the schools must do more to build “character and resilience” in pupils.  Character is an important trait, as it allows people to believe in themselves, understand the relationship between effort and reward, to be patient and to persevere in pursuit of their goals and more.  Resilience allows them to overcome any hurdles that stand in their way, and come out better and stronger for dealing with those troubles.

Our Character and Resilience course provides the necessary training to develop these important traits.  It will help students increase their confidence, to work hard for what they want and believe in, and to be diligent in their efforts to improve themselves, helping them keep on track to their goals and not being afraid to ask for help when they think they need it.

Bespoke courses

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme celebrates the individuality of the mentees and organisations we work with. We would be delighted to discuss your individual requirements and work with you to provide the most relevant, high quality courses to benefit the mentees. Skills workshops are designed to compliment the mentoring programmes, and are only available in-house.

Complete our contact form today for more information on bringing skills workshops to your youth organisation.

Contact Us

Bridge Builders Mentoring
3 Ivy Mews

Charity Number: 1158629

0333 200 4703

National Coordinator - Val Bunker

Our mission

At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity providing low cost services for young men. Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated. We rely on the support of our corporate sponsors and generous individuals to keep our work running and enable us to change the lives of young men throughout the UK.