Careers and Learning Mentoring (CALM) programme

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If you need support to start education, training, an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment, our CALM programme can help.

CALM (Careers and Learning Mentoring) is a European Social Fund programme to support 16 to 24 year olds in education, employment or training. Our aim is to help young ones progress in life, whether it's through gaining qualifications, learning on the job or getting a job where you earn the London Living Wage.

Who the programme is for

Group 1

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 16 to 18
  • not engaged in education, employment or training

Group 2

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 19 to 24
  • be unemployed but not claiming job seekers allowance


The CALM programme is six months long and split into phases

Assessment and plan

  • individual initial assessment using 'Prospects'
  • skills assessment for literacy and numeracy
  • enrolment on to Barclays Life Skills Digital Media Learning Experience
  • progression and action plan into employment, education or training


  • re-engagement activities to help meet your individual needs
  • full time education, employment (30 hours a week) or training
  • sustainment
  • review at three and six months
  • remain in education, employment or training for six months (hopefully for longer)
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Throughout the six month journey we'll provide you with impartial information, advice and guidance on a one-to-one or group basis. This will help you to make positive choices and move forward in life. 

You'll have a qualified and experienced mentor who will:

  • help you prepare a progression/action plan and identify activities to help you progress
  • offer individual mentoring, job search, employability skills and one-to one support
  • refer you on to other sources of help
  • review your progression throughout the six months

We offer help with costs and equipment.

How to join the programme

To find out if the programme is right for you or someone you know:


Page last updated: 15 January 2018