As part of Get Mentoring, we have been undertaking research into the process and practice of enterprise mentoring. Running over the last nine months, a set of interesting headlines and highlights have emerged from the consultations with mentors, project partners and other mentoring stakeholders.
These headlines include:
- There is no one type of enterprise mentor and enterprise mentoring experience. There is great diversity amongst the population of Get Mentoring trained mentors, ranging from self-employed individuals offering a mentoring service to the Managing Directors of manufacturing businesses with 100 employees
- There is a range of mentoring experiences from the highly informal, where owner-managers are mentoring each other without knowing they are mentoring, to more formal experiences facilitated by mentoring organisations
- Approaches to generating opportunities to mentor other businesses varies from the reactive to highly proactive. There were a group who generated their own opportunities through placing adverts in local newspapers, responding to local business news items, through supporting business competitions and through informal networking
- There is clear evidence of impact of enterprise mentoring not only on the mentee but also the mentor and their business. For example, there were a number of references to mentoring helping to reflect on how the mentor manages their own staff and potential development opportunities for the business
- Mentors are looking for further support with ongoing mentoring development, particularly around how to manage conflicts of interest, legal and ethical issues and generating mentoring opportunities.
For further details, please contact Leigh Sear .