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Getting Involved in Mentoring
A 1 day briefing and skills workshop for Mentors

About the workshop

This is a one day workshop that will help you understand what mentoring is, how it works and what's involved in becoming a mentor. It also aims to refresh or develop key skills important in being effective in a mentoring role. It is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about mentoring as they consider whether or not it is a role they could fulfil for others in helping them with their development.

Group size

Usually 6-8 participants with a single tutor


Through exercises, demonstrations and guided discussion you will explore what mentoring is and how to make it work. There are also opportunities to practice, refresh and refine your coaching and mentoring skills. We provide all materials and resources for the practice work so you can concentrate on developing your skills.

Programme objectives

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
» explain what mentoring is and how it complements other approaches to training and development
» describe what is expected of a mentor and the key skills and qualities needed to be effective
» describe six different styles of helping learners to learn through a mentoring relationship
» diagnose your helping preferences and discuss the implications of this for you as a mentor
» list common barriers to effective mentoring relationships and suggest ways of overcoming them

You will also have:
» audited your own mentoring skills
» practised conducting a typical mentoring conversation
» assessed your own readiness to take on a mentoring role


1 day, typically 09.30 - 17.30

Indicative programme

The workshop runs in a coaching style and the programme may change to meet the needs and interests of participants on the day.

09.15   Registration and coffee
09.30   Welcome, aims and personal introductions
10.00   What is mentoring and what makes it work?
» What is mentoring? Different kinds of mentoring
» How does it work? How does it help?
» The skills and qualities of effective mentors
» Differences between mentoring and line management
11.15   Coffee

Making mentoring meetings work
» First meetings and further meetings
» Learners role and mentors role
» Possible problems
» Phases of work and ideas on facilitating learning

12.30   Lunch
13.30   Practical session
» Six helping options - demonstration and exploration
» Different ways to help learners
» Diagnosing needs, diagnosing your helping habits
» Uses, applications and good practice in use of helping styles
15.00   Tea
15.15   Practical session
» Practising mentoring dialogues
» Scenario or live practice
» Coaching and feedback from others
17.00   Review and evaluation
» Review of learning and ideas on application
» Q&A and discussion
» Further learning opportunities
17.30   Close

Please note

This is a sample programme for a one day introductory mentoring workshop, typical of work we have successfully delivered. All our programmes are tailored to meet the needs and interests of client organisations and can incorporate elements from this or any other programme in our portfolio. Please call for further details.





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