Watch business mentors talk about the benefits of involvement with the programme.
“ It's a privilege being trusted with the mentee's issues, and, despite not having a 'magic wand', finding that you can still make a difference. ”
Social enterprise mentoring is about giving the opportunity for social entrepreneur to access the knowledge and expertise of experienced business leaders to grow their business. Mentoring is a two-way relationship in which both the mentor and mentee get the chance to learn new things and further their personal development.
Benefits to the mentor:
A great sense of achievement in helping people and businesses to grow
The chance to broaden your life experience by putting one's knowledge and experience into a meaningful project
Obtaining access to new markets and networks for you and your company
Learning new perspectives and approaches
Development of your mentoring skills and gaining access to the level 3 professional qualification in mentoring
Gaining understanding of the opportunities offered by small organisations and how to support their businesses.
Benefits to the company
Enhancement of mentors' skills such as coaching, listening, communication and leadership
Cross-business networking events (held quarterly)
Improved retention of experienced employees, by motivating and engaging them.
Raising the profile of the company's CSR strategy with senior employees.
What do you have to do?
Mentors work for a minimum of six months with their mentee, with a recommendation of continuing for a year. The programme is flexible and fits around the mentor’s work requirements. Every relationship differs, but feedback shows volunteers spend an average of 4-8 hours a month supporting the enterprise.
Mentors will attend a one-day training, giving access to a level 3 qualification in mentoring. The mentor will select a social enterprise according to the background, expertise and interests. BITC will co-ordinate an initial meeting between the mentor and social entrepreneur and will provide additional support and guidance, as well as undertaking a review meeting every six months.
Read an interview with Paul Murphy, a mentor from Lloyds Banking Group, and his mentee, Servane Mouasan who runs Ogunte, a social enterprise supporting women entrepreneurs
If you would like to be involved in this programme please contact Agathe Suzanne on 020 7566 6612