Frequently Asked Questions

- Makers and Mentorsx
+ What is Makers and Mentors?
The overarching goal of our Makers & Mentors programme is to help people maximise their potential so that they can thrive in life. The scheme focuses on a range of ages, from school students, to apprentices, through to people already working in the Development and Construction industry.

Our intention is that the Makers & Mentors programme is a life cycle approach to support Londoners develop their skills.

Following a series of focus groups with leading RPs, Borough officers and members, and other key industry stakeholders, we collectively identified that we could do more to support people both into, and whilst in, the industry through four specific channels:
  • Curriculum Support
  • Work Experience
  • Apprenticeships
  • Mentoring

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+ Who should I contact with any questions?
You can contact someone involved with Makers and Mentors by emailing us at [email protected]

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+ How can I get involved
You can get involved in Makers and Mentors initially through the mentoring platform on this website. If you’d like to search for a mentor, you can use the search function here to see who is available, with the opportunity to then reach out and contact them. You can also register to be a mentor to someone, by emailing us at [email protected]. We will also be holding events at points throughout the year, please register your details with us to be kept informed.

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+ I love the idea of Makers and Mentors, how can I bring it to my organisation?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to talk through any ideas you may have, at [email protected]

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- Learning in Schoolsx
+ What is available?

One of the key pieces of feedback we received from our focus groups was providing greater ability for schools to choose the types and timing of activities to fit with their curriculum needs. 

In response to this, we have created a suite – or menu - of curriculum support activities focused on different areas of Development and Construction.  These core areas are:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • nterior Design
  • Development

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+ How can I bring Learning in Schools to my school / college / academy?

If you have any questions or if you are interested in support to deliver these activities, you can contact us directly at [email protected]

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+ What is Learning in Schools?

At the heart of Makers and Mentors is increasing diversity and accessibility within Development and Construction.  Learning in Schools offers the first opportunity to support Londoners develop their skills and explore something new beyond the classroom in an enjoyable and engaging way. 

As part of our goal to help support Londoners to thrive is the opportunity to experience and enjoy, to give insight to careers and opportunities they may not have had visibility to through task orientated projects, 

  • enjoyment
  • experiences
  • knowledge to succeed
  • opportunities to develop and discover their interests and talents
  • breadth of opportunities available
  • knowledge and skills for future learning and employment
  • effective learning
  • practical, hands on task orientated

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- Mentoringx
+ Who should be signing up as a Mentor?
Think ‘do I have a few years’ experience in my role?’ And ‘can I commit one hour a month to change our industry’s future?’ – if that’s a yes, then sign up. There are positives for both you and your mentee when you commit. Becoming a mentor gives you an opportunity to develop your own listening and communication skills. It can also provide you with time to reflect on your career and perhaps you’ll be signing up to be a mentee next! The same goes for your network - think about anyone who is excelling, whether they’ve got there on their own or through formal or informal mentoring and ask them if they

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+ How long do I need to sign up for?
It’s up to you. We recommend you have a mentoring relationship for at least six months so you and the mentee can build a relationship and see the benefits mentoring can bring to both of you, but how often and in what way you meet is up to you.

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+ How does it work?
Once you’ve signed up the admin team will make you ‘available’ on the online portal. Prospective mentees will be able to browse the portal as of 30th September 2020and search for mentors based on their availability and area of expertise. Someone will pick you because they feel you have the expertise to help them further their career. Once you’ve been picked you’ll get an email with the mentees’ details and be asked to contact them to set up an initial chat. There’ll be guidance on the website to help you structure your mentoring relationship but ultimately, it’s up to you!

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+ Who are the Mentees?
Mentees are 18+ men and women from all over the industry – this is a programme for everyone. From those working on sites, in architecture practices and in consultancies that want to grow their careers to those coming out of university hoping to find a way in; whether they work for our partners, other developers or people we don’t know, Makers & Mentors is about bettering the whole industry and that’s a combined effort. When the programme officially launches on 30th September, we will run a social media campaign encouraging people to sign up and kick start their learning and career.

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+ What is it?
It’s a bid to make our industry better, broader and more open. We talk to a lot of partners and friends in development and construction. It’s clear from those conversations that there’s a huge, shared passion for improving our industry’s openness and its reputation as a place that lots of different people can thrive. In our conversations about how we contribute to that, the positive impact that mentoring can have on people’s lives kept coming up. That’s why Mount Anvil decided to create the Mentoring by Makers & Mentors programme – to connect people and help take barriers away to progressing in the development and construction industry.

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