Five steps to setting up a mentoring programme
Step 1: Scope the programme
You will need to be very clear about what you’re trying to achieve, what resources you are prepared to invest and what outputs/impact you want your programme to deliver. The framework below shows a number of key questions to ask. It can also help you to measure your programme and quantify its contribution to organisational strategy and goals. Communications and ongoing engagement of volunteers and stakeholders are critical throughout all of these stages
|Community/small business owner need
Business growth – e.g. revenue, market share, employment, profit etc, amongst small, medium and micro businesses
E.g. 100 volunteers for 1 day a month for one year = 1200 hours
Additional time commitment from others in the company, responding to requests for info/advice from volunteer mentors to support their mentees
||Community/Small business owner benefits
|Community/small business owner impact
In scoping your programme you will also want to consider a range of risks and issues for example –
- Are there any legal implications of your scheme either for your organisation or for the volunteer? (for example contracts with mentoring organisation with whom you might partner, or professional indemnity for your employees),
- How will you mitigate against potential conflicts of interest between volunteer mentor and mentee, especially if your target group of businesses are within your supply chain?
- What time commitment from volunteers will you expect as a minimum, or support as a maximum?
You’ll also need to plan your communication strategy, to ensure you recruit sufficient volunteers to meet your goals.