Fancy being mentored by a member of the Civil Service who has expertise in a particular professional area?

GAP is an amazing one-to-one mentoring opportunity which matches university students, from under-represented backgrounds, with a Civil Service mentor who can provide real-life knowledge and experience and build soft skills like communication and networking.

Mentees are encouraged to talk about their career aspirations and any opportunities or barriers they feel may prevent them from achieving their goals. The role of the mentor is to offer guidance and advice, as well as helping to identify solutions to support mentees to achieve their potential.

GAP should only be considered by students who are able to commit fully to the programme. To take part in the programme students must commit to:

  • Investing their time to engage with the mentor; typically, one hour a month for 6 months via digital platforms.
  • Actively participating in the scheme, imparting/receiving advice and considering opportunities to develop.
  • Completing feedback / evaluation forms to allow us to make improvements that will benefit others in future.
  • Notifying the programme organisers of any changes, e.g. contact details, programme participation.
    Sessions will take place a minimum of once a month via MS Teams/phone call for a period of 6 months.


Students must come from lower socio-economic backgrounds (LSEB), an example may be that they received/were eligible for free school meals at any stage in their schooling, they receive a higher bursary, or their parents were unemployed or in routine/manual labour job roles.

This programme is open to 2nd and 3rd year students, there is no limitations on the degree they are studying.

If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact the team on

When does mentoring take place?

Cohort 1 will last 6 months, and run from November 2022 to April 2023.

Mentee applications will open 6 September 2022 and close midnight on 14 October 2022. Students will be matched where possible to their highest choice, followed by second choice and then third. Students and mentors will be notified of their match in October 2022 with their mentoring sessions beginning in November 2022.

Mentoring slots will be allocated to each university equally, and these will be matched with students on a first come first served basis, until all slots are full. If universities don’t fill their allocated slots these will then be shared with other universities.

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