Become a Mentor

ScreenSkills NextGen Prospects delivered by NextGen Skills Academy is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. The programme brings together experienced industry professionals with aspiring Games, Animation and VFX students, early career starters, and those wanting to break into the industry, to work on and coach their personal and professional development.

What does it mean to be a ScreenSkills NextGen Prospects mentor?

The dictionary defines Mentoring (noun) as:
- the activity of supporting and advising someone with less experience to help them develop in their work.

This definition is what being a mentor is all about. Mentoring is a partnership, when you become a mentor it means that you are ready to share your professional experience, industry insight, and personal development with a mentee who wants to grow and progress towards their career ambitions.

The benefits of becoming a mentor include:

  • Sharing your experience to make a positive difference  
  • Offering a helping hand up for those looking to get a start in the industry
  • Helping to increase diversity and inclusivity in the industry
  • Seeing things from another’s perspective, learning from their ideas and experiences
  • Developing communication and leadership skills
  • Boosting your personal self-worth and job satisfaction
  • Seeing things from another’s perspective, learning from their ideas and experiences

If you are interested in becoming a mentee rather than a mentor, please visit: ScreenSkills NextGen Prospects Mentee Information

What does the programme entail?

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. The ScreenSkills NextGen Prospects programme runs for 6 months, as a mentor you will be expected to have regular check-ins with your paired mentee (at least once a month for 30 mins – 1 hour), this contact will take place remotely over video/phone calls and emails. The total time commitment is roughly 6 hours over the programme’s duration.

To find out more about the benefits of mentoring please visit ScreenSkills for a wealth of information and resources: ScreenSkills Mentoring

How do I become a mentor?

There is a simple registration form to fill out, it only takes abut 5 minutes. Once registered you will be paired with a mentee based on your skills and employment background, and how they align with the career aspirations of the mentee. All introductions will be made by NextGen, you will be also be supplied with information and resources from ScreenSkills to help support your mentoring partnership.

Register to become a Mentor