Mentoring Training Resources

 

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The content of the Mentoring Resources has been designed to complement and reinforce the face-to-face training. The resources contain readily accessible information that can be accessed by mentors when preparing for on-going mentoring sessions. 

How to use the Training Material

In order to achieve effective results within the given timescale, the mentoring relationship has been split into definitive stages, throughout the relationship both the mentor and mentee should move through these phases whilst continuously evaluating and reflecting:


 


The content of the training materials has been designed to allow you to access a range of material in manageable amounts; guiding you around the above stages of the mentoring relationship.

As a mentor you should also be able to select the area relevant to your needs enabling you to reflect upon 'what stage' of the relationship you have achieved with each mentees.

Throughout the process, you will be encourage to reflect upon your delivery and the challenges the mentees present.  By using the training materials to re-enforce your training and the resources when preparing for sessions will support you delivering with confidence.  

Introduction to each stage​

Initiate:

During this stage the mentor should be:

  • Preparing themselves for the role, understanding what is expected of them and how they are going to fulfil expectations;
  • Building rapport with the mentee.  Getting to know one another and preparing for meetings.
  • Reflecting: each individual mentees personality and their ability to adjust to each individual; their questioning and communication skills.

 

Develop:

During this stage the mentor should be:

  • developing an understanding of their mentee and their needs;
  • developing a structured approach to meetings;
  • setting goals and increasing skills & confidence;
  • Reflecting:  planning and preparing for meetings; their ability to effectively challenge and support the mentees to expand their comfort zone; setting measured goals and targets for the mentees.

 

Progress:

During this stage the mentor should be:

  • Working with the mentee to explore options and overcome barriers;
  • Understanding the importance of motivation, positive feedback, recognising and developing strengths
  • Reflecting: the structure of meetings; how they explore options with mentees

 

Moving on:

During this stage the mentor should be:

  • Reaffirming the importance of how and when the mentoring relationship comes to an end
  • Reaffirm to the mentee their abilities and skills in order to prepare them for mentoring to come to an end.
  • Reflecting: the main points of achievement to highlight to the mentee; measure the knowledge, skills, attributes they have attained from the mentoring experience that will contribute to their future career pathway.

 

Evaluation & Reflection

This Process should be embedded into the mentoring relationship from the start and continue throughout.  The mentor should be evaluating and reflecting on:

  • Their personal performance; the mentees development; the success of the relationship.

  • Building the mentees confidence and competence in order for the mentee to recognise the distance travelled and skills they've developed.

  • Getting the mentee to feedback to them about their own development.

  • Reflecting: Personal development i.e. distance travelled by both the mentee and the mentor.​​

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