Engineering Mentoring Scheme

The industrial mentoring scheme gives businesses the opportunity to identify and nurture engineering talent.

The Faculty of Engineering’s industrial mentoring scheme, managed by the Faculty’s Industrial Liaison Office, gives students the opportunity early in their studies to start thinking about what they would like to do when they graduate. It also gives businesses the opportunity to identify and nurture the talent within our student pool, as well as raising the students’ awareness of the businesses as potential employers.

The volunteer mentors, who include established professionals in some of the top engineering companies in the UK, work throughout the year with small groups of three to five students to impart their experiences of working in industry. Many of the mentors are themselves Bristol graduates.

Bobby Brown, Principal Engineer at Black & Veatch, who graduated from the University in 2005, said: "Black & Veatch have supported the industrial mentoring scheme for many years now. The mentees to date have been enthusiastic and knowledgeable, as well as being keen to learn about how to apply the skills learnt in the lecture theatres.

"As a business, we are proud to be involved in the scheme. We have a strong contingent from the University and the scheme allows us to keep in touch, revisit familiar surroundings and spread interest about our work. Recent successes arising from the industrial mentoring relationship include the appointments of Gwenver Salmon, who graduated from Bristol in 2015, and Kaye Pollard, who joined us in 2015 to help with some of our south-west schemes."

The initiative is part of the range of student engagement activities offered by the Industrial Liaison Office. The office aims to ensure success on graduation for our students by building their employability skills early on in their studies, and it also enables businesses to engage in a variety of different ways with students and potential employees.

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