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New – Pilot mentoring scheme

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Following the 2017 membership survey, significant interest was expressed in IIRSM running a mentoring scheme.

We are currently piloting the scheme with a group of Fellows who have each been matched with a mentee. We have already had sucess, with one mentee saying "I wanted to inform you that the mentoring scheme is already proving extremely useful. My mentor, Hugh Maxwell has an abundance of knowledge and experience. This is my first H&S managerial role, so to have Hugh there in these early stages to bounce ideas off is fantastic." Grant Thompson, Health and Safety Manager, GA Pet Food Partners.

Following the pilot, the mentoring scheme will be formally launched in September. If you are interested in being a mentor or being mentored, please contact Holly Mulvihill-Clark on or +44(0) 20 8741 9100. 

Purpose of IIRSM's mentoring scheme 

Mentors share their expertise to help less experienced members develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to achieve their professional objectives. Discussion points for mentors and mentees may include:

  • Career development – developing a strong CV, enhancing your LinkedIn profile, interview techniques, taking the next career step etc
  • Technical knowledge – identifying practical tools, techniques, models or theories that can be applied to a mentee’s day-to-day role etc
  • Business skills – developing strategy, using data to influence commercial decisions etc
  • Behavioural competences –how to be influential, strategic, innovative etc
  • How to and benefits of progressing through IIRSM membership.

Mentors and mentees do not need to be in the same location as e-mail, phone and Skype allow mentoring to be effectively delivered without direct face-to-face contact.

Benefits of IIRSM's mentoring scheme

Mentees will benefit from the opportunity to:

  • discuss work related challenges and objectives with an impartial person who can offer a fresh and neutral perspective 
  • learn from a more experience person who has 'been there, done that' 
  • receive dedicated and structured support in the development of their knowledge and skills 
  • grow their network 
  • earn CPD points 

Mentors will benefit from the opportunity to: 

  • ​utilise and build on their skills and experience in developing others 
  • 'give something back' to their profession 
  • grow their network 
  • earn CPD points