• Call out for Investec volunteer Mentors

    Help transform the speaking confidence of students from under-represented backgrounds

  • We Speak, one of the winners of Investec Beyond Business and NatWest Star of the Future Award, is looking for Investec volunteer mentors.


    We Speak runs an online programme to help students from under-represented backgrounds build speaking confidence. Students experience an average 44% increase in speaking confidence.


    As a Mentor, you'd take part in a training session and then the programme runs for 1 hour a week over 4 weeks. All sessions take place online via video calls.


    The only criteria for mentors is that you are friendly and approachable as this creates a supportive environment for the students who lack confidence.


    Sign up now: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/register-autumn23
  • Benefits for mentors


    Develop your communication and mentoring skills


    Support transformative journeys for young people


    Tackle a significant barrier to equality that is often overlooked

  • Feedback from students

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    “The mentors gave incredibly helpful advice and were warm and approachable. I’ve loved my time on this programme."

    Student, Queen Mary University
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    “The We Speak programme was the best programme I had ever joined in terms of it actually helping with building confidence."

    Student, University of

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    "I have really enjoyed the workshops and feel so much more assured about public speaking. I feel able to speak in class comfortably."

    Student, University of East London
  • Feedback from Mentors


    "It was magical to see those who labelled themselves as 'shy' suddenly sparkle... The change in the students over such a short time was fantastic to see."

    Just Eat

    "I enjoyed seeing the students improve so much in just the space of a few weeks! Thank you for the opportunity to get involved in this brilliant programme."


    "It was simply and wonderfully structured with a super-friendly vibe. There were no aspects that I didn't enjoy and I always felt supported."

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    "Great, I really enjoyed it and want to do more! I learnt how to be positive with students even on days when I may not be feeling positive myself."

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    Support from We Speak Facilitators

    Our workshop Facilitators are university students and graduates who have taken part in the We Speak programme themselves to build confidence. 
    They'll work alongside Mentors during the programme so you can help the participants find out what they're passionate about and give them supportive feedback.
    The Facilitators are a really friendly group of people who are on hand to help support your conversations with our less confident students.
  • The online programme



    Mentors meet the students for the first time and support interactive exercises to develop speaking confidence.



    The Mentors will lead conversations with students to explore ideas and help develop communication skills.



    This week is all about interview practice, with Mentors giving students personalised feedback on interview skills.



    The programme wraps up with some presentation practice, with supportive feedback from Mentors to help build confidence.

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  • Feedback from previous participants

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    Feedback from previous participants

    “The Mentors from Just Eat gave incredibly helpful advice and were very warm and approachable. I’ve loved my time on this programme." Student, Queen Mary University of London
    "The mentors helped me so much, and gave me great feedback to improve my points. Thank you so much! I loved the sessions and I felt like I improved so much." Student, University of East London

    100% of students who took part in the programme increased their speaking confidence, with an average increase of 44%.