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The Role of the Mentor

The relationship between a mentor, candidate and Headquarters/Leader Development Group (LDG) is based on providing mutual support and development.

Mentors will be located on a Battalion, District or Area Group basis, dependent on geography/size of the area and/or on the number of trainers based in the area who require support. Key expectations in relation to the mentorship process are noted below.

Mentor: key attributes will include:

  • Approachable and supportive.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including coaching and listening skills.

Mentor: expectations and responsibilities will include:

  • Provide support and encouragement to new trainers and assist in the identification of new trainers.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the course content and the training process which the candidate is undertaking.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate contact with the candidate.
  • Assessment of candidate during the training process including providing appropriate feedback and agreeing any further action required.
  • Provide copies of reviews and feedback/actions to Leader Development Manager.
  • Continue to maintain and develop a high standard in relation to mentoring candidates in conjunction with Leader Development Manager/LDG.

Candidate: key attributes are included at the section on the Trainers Role Description.

Candidate: expectations and responsibilities will include:

  • Establish and maintain appropriate contact with the mentor; this should be seen as a two- way process, rather than entirely the responsibility of the mentor (e.g., seeking assistance/advice whilst preparing training sessions as noted below and the like).
  • Thoroughly prepare appropriate training sessions for delivery and review by the mentor.
  • Participate fully in discussions with the mentor and agree any future actions required.

HQ/LDG: key responsibilities will include:

  • Continuing support to mentors and candidates.
  • Continuous review of training materials and issue of updates as required.
  • Continuing process of identifying new training materials, preparation and issue of same as required.

Additional preparation and familiarisation for mentors will be required. Guidelines for mentors will be issued as part of the training.