‘A one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual mentor voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee’s life, and lasts for a significant and sustained period of time.’
(Home Office, Active Community Unit, 2001)
'Support, assistance, advocacy or guidance given by one person to another in order to achieve an objective or several objectives over a period of time.'
'Offline help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.'
(Megginson and Clutterbuck)
Our Professional Mentoring puts each mentee in regular contact with a qualified professional working in a sector or industry related to the student’s subjects or career aspiration. Mentors are experienced individuals drawn from a wide range of sectors and industries. They work on a one-to-one basis to help mentees develop vital employability skills and increase their awareness of workplace requirements.
Mentoring involves a range of learning and development activities, however, a number of consistent characteristics typify effective mentoring. The definitions below help to illustrate these: