National Mentoring Day
National Mentoring day was launched to celebrate, educate and encourage more people to get involved in mentoring and to support mentoring in all areas of UK business and society.
How can a mentor help?
ITEC NE mentors help provide a fresh perspective in exploring new options and potential barriers which could effect your day to day duties within work. They will help assess your strengths and weaknesses and develop new skills and help to achieve long or short term goals.They will offer the help, support and guidance needed to guide you through your apprenticeship programme.
An apprenticeship mentor can help focus on goals, make key transitions, build on industry expertise and develop skills and experience. Apprenticeship mentors are used in all fields of industry and even government and and at all levels from juniors right up to the CEO.
- A recent survey by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that 94% of SMEs using external support have seen benefits. These firms are more ambitious and have higher relative turnovers.
- Of those with a mentor 97% say they are valuable, 55% believe mentoring can help them succeed, 60% look for experience in a mentor above anything else, but 85% currently do not have a mentor.
Benefits to the learner?
Benefits can include accelerated learning. Access to resources, contacts, support, feedback and being given a fresh/different perspective. Goals can often be achieved quicker and a good mentor can also identify new skills and help to inspire, motivate and increase confidence or self-esteem and provide a platform of accountability. Mentoring can improve the learners ability to resolve challenges.
What are the benefits to an organisation of employees mentoring?
It can improve employee engagement, confidence and transferable skills especially people skills so it is especially useful as part of leadership development.