We aim to work with mentors from our partner’s organisations, wherever possible. We are also open to anybody from the community approaching us to offer their time, from a range of different backgrounds. We welcome male and female role models alike!

The lead mentor role is paid on a freelance basis. The lead is supported by a volunteer mentor in the classroom, to ensure that we maintain recommended staff to student ratios for safeguarding purposes. Our class sizes are capped at 20 girls per cohort.

Over the 8 week programme your job is to support your students and be a mentor to them. This involves guiding them and giving them insights into what it’s like to work in the industry. This is an opportunity to give something back and made a difference. It is highly rewarding and will enable you to develop a whole range of skills like leadership, planning, communications and mentoring. Did we mention it looks great on your CV too?

What we expect of our leads;

  • Our leads are there to make sure that everything runs smoothly and all of the sessions plans are articulated well and delivered within the time frames we’ve provided
  • Leads are there to make decisions and take control of the classroom with the support of their volunteer.
  • Leads will be the main point of contact between the school, the students and the InnovateHer team.
  • Using your expert industry knowledge you will deliver all of the sessions across the 8 weeks, inspiring the girls to engage with technology and consider a career in the sector.

What we expect of our supporting mentors;

In a nutshell, to help our classes run smoothly and to inspire the girls to engage with technology and consider a career in the sector, using your expert industry knowledge.

  • You will be helping girls aged 12-16 learn new digital and technical skills
  • Your role is to support the lead tutor throughout the sessions and circulate around the room, giving advice and support to those who need it
  • You may have a different skill set to the lead, and in this case you might want to lead a particular part of a session.

Here’s a list of essential skills you’ll need to be a lead tutor or supporting mentor with us:

Interpersonal skills

  • Outgoing and enthusiastic persona, someone who is able to inspire & encourage others.
  • Confidence (or the ability to portray it – we all get imposter syndrome!)
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to explain concepts in a simple way, without use of industry jargon.
  • Can think on feet, able to improvise, problem solve and adapt when things don’t go to plan.
  • Team player – the volunteer and lead tutor must support one another and work together.
  • Experience speaking in public and/or working with groups through teaching/facilitation is ideal.
  • Organised and self-disciplined. You will need to read through and prepare each session prior to attending.

Skills and experience

  • Type of experience that we’ve found works well on our courses: Developers, UX, marketing, project management. (Although a wide range of skills can be relevant depending on the course theme).
  • Understanding of, and interest in, Digital Technology and / or STEM subjects.
  • Previous experience working with children isn’t essential, but advantageous.
  • Tutor leads normally would need to be mid to senior level (at least 2-3 years experience) to ensure confidence and industry knowledge.
  • Supporting mentors can be at any level within their career as long as they have enthusiasm for working with young women.
  • Proven ability to follow instructions and resources carefully and to keep to time in the classroom.


  • Own transport is ideal, but not essential.
  • You must be on board with our values.
  • Flexibility in your job role so that you can leave early in the afternoons for 8 weeks in total and attend one training session (normally held in the evening).

Interested in becoming a programme mentor?


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"I became a mentor because I wanted to help inspire young women to be confident - to make sure they believe in themselves enough to follow their dreams. I think we succeeded!"

Nareice Wint, Mentor, 2017