By Jan Murray on Wednesday 17th June 2020
Through our experience of developing mentoring programmes we have identified 5 key elements that
need to be considered when planning to launch and run a membership mentoring programme:
1. Set Clear Objectives
Planning to launch and run a membership mentoring programme begins with
considering and specifying the objectives you are trying to achieve and the benefits you expect
to come from achieving those objectives.
For example, is your program aimed at;
- Supporting member employability and career planning
- Enabling knowledge transfer
- Encouraging member to member networking
- Enhancing professional standards.
- Providing an additional means to accrue CPD points
- Improving the effectiveness of training
- Supporting study for professional qualifications
You will also want to consider what benefits might you expect to achieve with your mentoring
programme and whether these can be tracked?
- Improved career prospects for members
- Increased member recruitment
- Improved member retention
- Higher academic achievement
One of the biggest factors in the success of any mentoring programme is
the matching of a mentee with an appropriate mentor.
Like any relationship, the success of a mentoring match will hinge on whether there is a good
interpersonal fit. Whilst personal chemistry is not something that can be easily matched,
industry knowledge and specific skills and experiences can be.
Identifying the key variables that will form the matching criteria that will underpin the system
will be an important focus of the planning process.
3. Training and Resources
Mentoring should have a clear framework so both the mentor and mentee
are clear of their expectations and also have a roadmap to refer to that takes them for the
start of the mentoring journey through to completion.
Your mentoring scheme participants will vary in terms of their mentoring experience, from those
who have been seasoned mentors to those who are embarking on their first mentoring relationship.
It is therefore important to provide all of the training materials and resources that will be
required to help your users to identify the challenges being faced, set goals and help them to
keep momentum in the relationship going until the mentoring goals have been achieved.
Once you’ve set your objectives you need to make both your current, lapsed and prospective
members aware of the opportunity to enroll on your mentoring programme. Having an up to date
membership database is obviously going to be a great help here, as is regular member
communications such as emails, blogs, newsletters etc. where you can promote the programme.
5. Programme Management
A programme management dashboard should include;
- The ability to view how many mentors and mentees you have signed up.
- How many active mentoring relationships you have
- How many completed mentoring relationship you have.
- The impact of marketing campaigns on sign ups
- What skill and expertise areas mentors can offer and mentees are looking for and the ability
to identify any imbalances between these.
A strong programme management function will help you track that your programme is achieving your
expected goals and if not identify where you can start to implement some corrective action to
get things back on track.
At PLD we have a wealth of information on how to set up and run effective mentoring