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Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles – Lead Mentors training

Nov 25
Date and time
Wed, 25 November  @  10:00  -  13:00
No charge for invited guests
Webinar United Kingdom
BITC members with a race partnership, Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers
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BITC members with a race partnership and Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers
No charge for invited guests

This is an invitation only workshop, open to Lead Mentors participating in the eighth cohort of Business in the Community’s (BITC) Cross Organisational Mentoring Programme. The Lead Mentors training will show participants how the programme works and give them tools and resources they can use to support their mentoring groups.

Research conducted by BITC as part of our Race at Work 2018: Scorecard Report found that people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds in the workplace are ambitious, but feel there is a lack of opportunity. 43% of these employees say they would like a fast track opportunity but only 10% have this. This represents a waste of talent, energy, enthusiasm, and expertise.

To address this issue BITC launched its Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles programme in 2014. The programme provides mentoring to black, Asian and minority ethnic employees from partner organisations to support progression, unlock talent and address under-representation at senior levels.

Now in its eighth year, with over 20 companies involved with this initiative, we are preparing to welcome a new cohort into this programme in January 2020.


This training day is only open to Lead Mentors taking in the programme. The session is an opportunity to learn about programme. It will also share information and provide training on how to support mentees during this initiative. Attendees will also hear from alumni mentors who will share best practice and advice to ensure the circle succeeds.

About BITC’s Mentoring Circles

BITC research reveals that black, Asian and minority people value mentors more than other ethnic groups. They are more likely to want a mentor and more likely to value the impact of having one. BITC’s mentoring circles helps address this need. Mentees bring issues or challenges to the group, work and learn together and act and reflect on outcomes with a focus on personal development. The mentors and mentees will meet six times over the course of 12 months.

Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression is the fifth call to action of BITC’s Race at Work Charter. Actions can include embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship in their organisations.

Business in the Community (BITC) established the Race at Work Charter using evidence from the Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report, one year on from the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review: Race in the workplace. The Charter contains five calls to action designed to improve ethnic minority representation at all levels. Sign the Race at Work Charter.

Further information and contact details

If you require further information, or are interested in getting involved with the next cohort of Mentoring Circles, contact BITC’s race campaign team.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.

Business in the Community is creating a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow

Wed, 25 November 2020  @  10:00  –  13:00