Virtual Business Mentor - supporting unemployed clients become self employed or set up a business

Virtual Business Mentor - supporting unemployed clients become self employed or set up a business

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Business development / Sales
  • Mentoring / Coaching


Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, East Kent, North Kent, South East Sussex, SG1 3EE
Mainly at home, mainly at the office, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? remote working


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month

To support participants on our work and health program with business or self employment idea's.

What will you be doing?

As Business Mentor volunteer you will provide valuable support by sharing your skills, professional experience and time with our participants who are interested in self-employment.

This support will be in two parts. The first is focused early in the self-employment journey, helping people to think about their business and what would be involved, drawing on your experience of being self-employed or running your own business.

This initial session (conducted online) will help people to:

  • Understand how self-employment differs to being employed by someone.
  • Talk through their business/self-employment idea to help establish if self-employment is an appropriate route for the individual and that they have a good understanding of the local business landscape.
  • Set realistic and practical next steps.
  • Identify if it is appropriate to refer the individual to Shaw Trust’s specialist partner to further develop their idea and support them to go self-employed.  

What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who have:

  • A solid understanding of how a business works.
  • Experience of at least one of the following within a small or large business setting; Communications, Funding and Accounts, Market Research, Customer Service, Marketing, HR, IT, Law, Sales.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Patience and good listening skills.
  • A willingness to help vulnerable adults on a one-to-one basis.
  • Solid IT skills, including confidence with video conferencing. 
  • A professional manner.
  • A desire to work collaboratively with Shaw Trust staff and partners to support people towards self-employment.
  • An ability and willingness to offer ongoing mentoring support to people.

What difference will you make?

The influence to help an individual become confident, self-dependant and make life changing decision

Before you apply

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  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Social care
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
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