A charity is looking for people working in the IT sector to become e-mentors for young people, in a bid to close the UK's technology skills gap.

Career Academies UK, a charity that links young people to the world of work, is looking for anyone working in IT, from programmers, to administrators, to engineers, to join its 'Career Ready' programme, which aims to give 16 to 19-year-old students an insight into their working world. According to the charity, the mentors will also benefit from the opportunity to develop their own management skills and demonstrate their corporate values.

Digital charity Brightside has helped Career Academies UK to create a secure platform where employees can communicate with students. Mentors will be expected to share their experiences and respond to students' requests for advice.

All mentors will receive training and will be matched with appropriate students so that both parties can get the most out of the initiative.

Anne Spackman, executive director of Career Academies UK, said: "Career Academies UK knows from its own experience that the best way to help young people get jobs is by connecting them to the world of work, and we have a 10-year track record of doing just that.

"As an e-mentor from the IT sector, you can become a crucial element in a young person's journey from education to the workplace, providing guidance, motivation and helping them to complete tasks."

For more information on becoming an e-mentor, contact Career Academies UK on 020 7986 5494 or email [email protected]