This taster course provides an introduction to mentoring. You will explore some of the challenges associated with mentoring because of the widespread use of the term and different interpretations of it. You will be introduced to elements of effective mentoring practice that are rooted in research that has been applied in a real world mentoring context. The benefits of mentorship programmes will also be discussed and how these reach beyond the person being mentored.
During the course you will help to develop and launch a mentorship programme for new employees at a charity organisation that you work for. In doing so, you will develop your understanding of mentoring and learn more about the format of courses within this series.
The course is split across three lessons with each one containing two topics. Within each topic you will be asked a series of questions where you will have some research to do using the links provided. These research articles, videoclips and websites are accessed using the “Materials” tab that you will see above the scenario details and assessment question sections.
These resources will not hand you the assessment answers immediately. You will need to read and digest them to find the specific pieces of information needed to answer the questions. This will have the effect of cementing the learning in your memory as you use what learning psychologists call “active processing” to understand the materials and extract the information you need. If you get an answer wrong, don’t despair; go back and look again. All the information you need is there to be found. Remember that one or more of the options may be correct for each assessment question. Select as many of the options as you think are applicable.
To provide key information about mentorship programmes and how evidence and professional standards are used to deliver positive outcomes for all stakeholders.
- Describe challenges surrounding the widespread use of the term “mentoring” and key differences with coaching
- Justify the importance of evidence based practice and professional standards within mentorship programmes
- Evaluate benefits of mentorship programmes for mentees, mentors and other stakeholders