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Mentoring Programme

The CIPFA Midlands Mentoring Programme is new and open to all CIPFA members in the Midlands area who are looking to give back something to other CIPFA members, or who are looking for support as they progress through their career.  Here is some initial information about the Mentoring Programme and details about how to get in touch if you’d like to take part.

At its very basic core, mentoring is a relationship in which an individual supports someone by sharing their professional knowledge and experiences, and using key skills and personal attributes, to enable that colleague to achieve their goals. 

Learn more at our mentoring webinar on 26 February.


The mentoring relationship is focused on enabling the mentee to: 

  • Progress in their professional life/career. 
  • Develop their skills, knowledge and capability.
  • Facilitate their personal & professional development so that the mentee is able to fulfil their potential.
Mentoring isn’t about giving advice or telling the mentee to ‘do it the way the way I did it’. It’s about motivating and empowering the other person to identify their own issues, goals and solutions. The aim is to help them find ways of resolving their issues, or reaching their goals, while understanding and respecting that the mentee may do things differently to the mentor. 

Mentoring is not coaching, counselling or therapy – although the mentor may help the mentee to access more specialised support if it becomes apparent that this is needed. 

Mentors cannot have, and are not expected to have, all the answers. To be effective, mentors need to encourage their mentee to come up with their own solutions and, if needed, seek advice from their line manager or colleague.

Being a mentor

Would you like to inspire, guide and support someone in your field so that they reach their full potential? 

Would you like to pass on the benefit of your knowledge, experience and leave a legacy where that benefits others beyond the life of your career? 

Would you be able to allocated a few hours on a regular basis to help someone? Then becoming a mentor will enable you to do just that. 

To find out more about becoming a mentor read our mentor induction pack.

Having a mentor (being a mentee)

Do you think you could achieve more in your role or your career if you were guided and support by someone who has done what you want to do? 

Could regular guidance and support from someone outside your organisation (so you can be more direct, open and specific about your challenges) help you get a different perspective on things and perhaps help you succeed quicker than you are now? 

Having a mentor might enable you to do just that. 

To find out more about becoming a mentee read our mentee induction pack.

Want to become a mentor/mentee?

Step 1

Take a look around this page to see if it's something you're interested in.

Step 2

Download the relevant induction documents below to find out a bit more:

Step 3 

Email with your answers to the three simple questions below:


  1. Why would you like a mentor? Eg to help you get to the next step in your career, support you with a particular piece of work/project, help you implement a particular aspect of your Personal Development Plan, help you see things and challenges from a different perspective (someone who doesn't work within your organisation)?
  2. Would you prefer/do you think a strategic or technical mentor would be most appropriate for you?
  3. Have you had a mentor before and if so is there anything you learned or realised from that experience that you want us to take into account when matching you with a mentor within our scheme?


  1. What would you say your key skills and experience are?
  2. Do you consider yourself more strategic or technical?
  3. Have you mentored before and if so for how long? (first-time mentors are of course welcome)

Step 4

Mentoring matching – in January 2021 we will match all mentor requests with mentee requests.

Step 5

By the end of January 2021 we will be in touch to let you know who we have matched you with so that you can have an Introductory first meeting with your mentor/mentee and if appropriate arrange your first session.

Step 6

It's then up to you and your mentor/mentee to take the mentoring partnership forward.

Step 7 

Every three months or so we will ask for some anonymous feedback (probably via an online survey) so that you can let us know how it's going and any tweaks we can make to improve the experience of mentors/mentees that come after you.

We look forward to you becoming part of the CIPFA Midlands Mentoring Programme!

The CIPFA Midlands Team