Building on the e-learning Introduction to Mentoring programme, the Education and Training Foundation’s (EFT) membership organisation, Society for Education and Training (SET), is launching a mentoring service, to provide support and encouragement to members facing work or career decisions, opportunities or dilemmas.
As part of the service SET is setting up a register of mentors, which will consist of members who are highly experienced and skilled in their chosen fields who also have experience of coaching and mentoring.
It will also be offering a matching service to link potential mentors with mentees. Skype or telephone solutions will be used where it is not possible to geographically connect people. Mentor registration has now closed, but mentees can still register until 26 January.
Places for the first round of mentoring are limited to 30 mentors. Any mentors meeting the eligibility criteria who are not allocated in this round will be placed on the register for the future.
Early next month, the mentor/mentee matching process will be carried out and mid-February will see the first meetings take place. These are likely to be virtual meetings via Skype or telephone.
Linda Carter, SET Mentoring Associate, said: "There is much evidence to show that a good mentor can make a positive difference to anyone working on their professional development. At the same time, the opportunity provides a mutually beneficial experience for mentors to enhance their skills in supporting and developing others, and provide new perspectives on their own practice."