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Does anyone have experience of setting up a mentoring scheme?

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Can anyone give me any tips or hints on best practice or pitfalls. I would also be looking for an external provider to help with the training of the mentors - can anyone recommend a freelance trainer in the NW.

Many thanks
Ceri-Anne Bailey

7 Responses

  1. Mentoring Training
    Hi

    I set a scheme up at the request of one our departments. It never really took off – which I suspected might happen. This was because they were trying to use it as a solution to the wrong problem, i.e. ineffective management. Really investigate why you’re doing it.

    It also didn’t really work because the mentees hadn’t cottoned onto the fact that you need to take responsibility for your own life – they were still expecting others to do it for them (the external person who did the initial training identified this very quickly). So you probably need to consider how motivated the mentees are.

    We used a chap called Mike Pegg, he’s very experienced and I would say his strengths lie with working with management-level although he was happy to work with all levels.

  2. Educational Mentoring Models transfer well into industry
    Please explore local educational schemes re mentoring. Most are based on recruiting voluntary mentors, often not from within the establishment or organisation itself. Volunteers are motivated, create time to fulfil obligations therefore scheme more likely to succeed. CIPD offer a mini-award in mentoring which provides a good framework for competent practise.

  3. Clarity of purpose and intended outcomes is the key.
    As someone who has helped organisations large and small to set up schemes using external and peer mentors,(including the training of mentors and scheme evaluation) l agree with Alic that a scheme will fail if it is set up incorrectly, i.e. to correct a management failure through the backdoor. The first principle in establishing a scheme is clarity and ownership of its aims, with an agreed understanding of what mentoring is. Unless this is clear and realistic, it won’t work!! In consulting with organisations, this has to be the starting point. ‘What is your understanding of mentoring and what are you trying to achieve?’ Do not go past GO until this is clear.

    Hope this helps. I would be happy to discuss directly supporting your work as l have done substantive work on training mentors and developing schemes.

    Paulette Wisdom

  4. mentoring help
    I suggest contacting Anne Hewitson at [email protected]. She has been working on developing mentoring programmes both here and in europe. She might be able to help you out with advice and training.

  5. mentoring
    Ceri Anne,

    I am based in the North West (Manchester) and have just completed some work around mentoring in the workplace. If you are still looking please feel free to contact me.

    Kind regards & good luck.

    Steven Rowe

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