Senior Mentor at NCS The Challenge

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Wandsworth Greater London
Review Date
£22,000 - £23,999
Charity/Non Profit

This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013


The Role



The Role

Role Description

Overall responsibility for pastoral care and development of 12 young people plus their support mentors during the programme. This included being responsible for their health and safety, leading and facilitating activities, encouraging participation in all events, drawing alongside young people and hleping them develop skills and character, leading evening sessions.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Working face to face with young people for three weeks was a very intense environment to operate in, but was overall really rewarding and I felt I contributed to the long term development of my team's lives.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

All senior mentors got on really well and became really close. I received frequent informal appraisals from the Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader, which was very encouraging.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

When I felt sick, they advised I take time off to recover, and adequately filled my place. A young person made a disclosure to me, and my managers instructed me on the correct child protection procedure.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I started work with our 7am leaders meetings, before rousing the young people, getting them through breakfast and ready for the day, supervising them all day on the activities, coordinating the evening events, attending evening staff review sessions, and making sure the young people went to bed, enabling me to get into bed at about 1am most nights!


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was responsible for a team of 12 young people and had a Team Mentor answerable to me. I also took on ad hoc situational responsibilities like coordinating the transportation of the entire camp of 60 between venues, or organising camp-wide games.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It strongly developed skills of leadership, getting on with people from a whole range of different backgrounds, having to assimilate information quickly and select only what was relevant to pass on.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My "office" was on a youth camp, so there was no end to entertainment, being surrounded by young people and youth leaders all day!


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I knew exactly who I was accountable to and accountable for, the dates I had to work and what was expected of me.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I attended a training weekend which helped me grow in various youthleading skills that will be transferable to other experiences in the future.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?


11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

A few permanent jobs offered in their head office, but none are very appealing.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

My fellow Senior Mentors were all a similar age to me and of a similar demeanour - we got on excellently.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Central London - fairly pricey.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Usually too shattered after a day's work to do much in the evening.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

The first two weeks were residential and I lived on site, so not many opportunities.