IKT OFFERS A STREAMLINED MENTORING PROCESS THAT MAKES THE MOST OF ITS NETWORK AND THE LIMITLESS EXPERTISE OF ITS MEMBERS.

IKT - MENTORING

We invite both experienced and less experienced innovators and KT practitioners to engage with each other and use the IKT Mentoring programme as an informal way to develop their career and professionalism. Our simplified method ensures that introductions can be made more directly between IKT members. Below are the ways in which we might match a mentor to a mentee...

MATCHMAKING CRITERIA

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

AREA OF ACTIVITY

EXPERIENCE

Although a relationship may develop virtually geographical location will allow for face to face meetings and help ensure policy relevance that may differ from region to region.

Mentees may require different knowledge at any given time but it will be useful to match areas of activity and relevant expertise as much as possible (a mentor working predominantly in engineering may not be as suitable for someone working in the arts and humanities, for example).

There are different levels of expertise and these may help define suitable matches. It does not necessarily follow that there is a simple defined split between mentor and mentee and some might even like to be included in both lists. It may be that someone of four years experience, for example could mentor a beginner in the field while being mentored by someone of over ten years experience. It also follows that with a flexible structure a relationship maybe formed which is more symbiotic whereby both parties are benefitting from the other's experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application and matching process is designed to minimise the burden, both on the mentor and mentee as well as the mentoring administrator. To begin the process please email mentoring@ikt.org.uk.

 Within their original application, the mentors/mentees will only be asked to give their email address, indicate whether they want to be mentors or mentees and describe the three criteria listed above so that the burden of registering is kept to an absolute minimum.

 Following reception by the mentoring administrator, mentees will be matched to the most suitable mentors and requests for mentoring will be sent out together with the mentee’s profile. The mentor may then consider the request and respond directly to the mentee with copy to the mentoring administrator.

 The mentor is at liberty to reject a mentee without any obligation to state the reason why. However they should respond.

 In the event that no response is received, mentees are invited to contact the mentoring supervisor.

 All mentors can ask to be removed from the list at any time in the unlikely event that they are overloaded with requests from mentees. Once a response has been logged and initial contact made, the mentoring administrator will step back from the process and the relationship allowed to develop organically

ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS

MONITORING

The mentoring relationship is not a marriage and should not be treated as such. Mentees should be given the opportunity to seek advice and support from various individuals at once and use the mentors to serve their needs. Equally the mentors themselves should be free to contribute as much as they wish.

In this sense, the mentees will vote with their feet and decide whether to return to a mentor or not. However, the mentees will also be invited to give their feedback and where there is a consistent lack of response from a registered mentor, they will be contacted prior to removing them from the list. However, this will only be carried out in situations where their continued inclusion is seen to be reputationally damaging.

 

Every six months mentors and mentees will be invited to give feedback on the scheme. Where there has been a consistent lack of response from a mentor they will be given the option of removing themselves from the programme. In the event that a mentee is deemed to have abused the system (through inappropriate remarks or betrayal of confidence) they will be automatically removed from the programme.

Annually, there will be a mentoring workshop at which mentors and mentees will be given the opportunity to meet face to face. These opportunities may result in mentoring relationships that have not arisen through the structures described above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT MARK ANDERSON, DIRECTOR