John Schofield Trust awarded quality standard for mentoring

Approved Provider StandardThe John Schofield Trust is delighted to announce we have been accredited with Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. This is a national quality standard designed for mentoring schemes.

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s vision is of a society in which mentoring helps people to transform their lives and reach their full potential. The John Schofield Trust is very proud to offer young journalists the opportunity to be guided by the experienced hands of established newsgatherers.

The APS accreditation will help the Trust increase our effectiveness and quality of mentoring. It will give us the opportunity to learn and share good practice alongside other organisations and build on the evidence of the benefits of mentoring.

Susie Schofield, said:

“I am so thrilled that the mentoring scheme has been awarded accreditation by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. We have had such positive feedback from participants who have taken part in the mentoring scheme in the four years we have run it and it is great to have this recognised nationally.  Mentors tell us they find the scheme incredibly rewarding, whilst mentees tell us that their confidence and ability to operate as a journalist has improved because of the scheme.”

Since the inception of the mentoring scheme, there have been 85 pairs of mentees and mentors who have benefitted. The scheme plays a key role in turning young journalists into better journalists. The broadcast industry is a competitive and fragmented field. There are many young journalists who need an opportunity to break out from the pack and realise their full potential. In April another 25 pairs will get underway.