Providing Mentors for our participants is key to our Womens Programme. It is set up to provide additional support for our participants (mentees) to further develop and improve their labour market positions.


What is Mentoring?

It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. Mentoring is done on a voluntary basis and the relationship is based upon mutual trust and respect.  It is where someone wishes to pass on some of what they’ve learned to someone else who will benefit from their experience. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career goals, options and progress that will maximise their potential and performance.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and develop solutions to career issues. Mentors have usually had similar experiences and therefore can demonstrate empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. A mentor can offer unbiased guidance and ask challenging questions to support the mentee’s choices and actions. This enables a sense of purpose and achievement.

Where/How will the mentoring take place?

Taking part in the mentoring scheme will require a minimum time commitment of one meeting per month to be agreed between the mentor and mentee and ideally be face to face in a neutral setting. Travelling and subsistence costs will not be covered, however, meetings can also be held virtually (online) or by phone.

How do I apply?

To register your interest as a mentor please send an email with:

  1. Your Name:
  2. Your Telephone Number:
  3. Your Email:


What do we expect from a mentor?

A Mentor will provide a mix of the following:

  • Support the Mentee to identify gaps in their knowledge, experience and skills
  • Establish objectives and goals for their Mentee
  • Make a commitment to their Mentee
  • Listen to their Mentee; being trustworthy and respecting their views / rights
  • Encourage and motivate the Mentee to help develop their confidence
  • Provide constructive feedback that demonstrates Emotional Intelligence

We expect participating Mentors and Mentees to act in accordance with our values:

  • Promote, respect and value equality of opportunity and diversity
  • Challenge and eliminate harassment and discrimination
  • Recognise and address barriers to equality, access and participation
  • Promote positive attitudes and good relations between different groups of people

Professional conduct is essential as part of these arrangements.  Participants shall:

  • Be as open as possible and are accountable for their decisions and actions that they take
  • Not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them. This includes only making choices on merit when awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits
  • Not participate in order to gain inappropriate financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends
  • Ensure confidentiality, health and safety and risk assessments are considered and adhered to when arranging meetings

How will I benefit from mentoring?

Mentoring can enable you to do something really valuable and important by supporting someone else.  It may also be a useful opportunity to develop your skills too such as your leadership style, coaching, or other communication techniques.  We will also share the success of our scheme and promote the mentors who have helped us achieve this via our media channels.

What if things don’t progress?  (No fault dissolution)

The success of the mentoring experience depends on the formation of a good rapport and relationship between participants. Sometimes things don’t work out and if either party find that this is the case, please contact Amanda Everson, the Mentoring Scheme Partner, in the first instance who may be able to offer some practical assistance. However in the event that one or both parties wish to end the mentoring relationship, guidance will be provided.

Equality & Diversity

In order to measure the effectiveness of our Equality & Diversity Policy we need to collect information about our applicants. The details you give will only been seen by those arranging the matches. The information will be analysed to help us identify the diversity in the field.