Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Mentoring Scheme

2016-17 Branch Mentoring Scheme Intake

The 2016-17 intake for the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch Mentoring Scheme is now underway. We are now accepting applications for new mentors and mentees to join the scheme which will commence in January 2017.

Key dates are:

  • Applications for mentors/mentees to be submitted: 2 December 2016
  • Invite to Mentor speed matching: mid December 2016
  • Mentor/Mentee Speed Matching event: 10 January 2017 18:00-20:00 (invitation only)
  • Mentoring Match confirmation: end January 2017
  • New Mentor Training: 7 February 2017

If you are interested in becoming a mentee or mentor, we will be running four conference calls in September and November 2016 to give you more information about the scheme, what the role of the mentee/mentor is, and answer any questions you may have. Each call will cover the same content so you only need to join once. You can find links to attend these on the Branch Events page.

Why join the Mentoring Scheme?

'Mentoring is a long term relationship that meets a development need, helps develop full potential, and benefits mentor and mentee alike'.

Benefits to members include:

  • providing impartial advice and encouragement
  • developing a supportive relationship
  • assisting with problem solving
  • improving self-confidence
  • offering professional development.

About the Mentoring Scheme

We have been running a local Branch Mentoring Scheme for over 7 years, and will continue this scheme alongside the central CIPD mentoring scheme, focussing on local Branch members’ needs.

The scheme will run annually from 2016, with applications being taken from September- December, and matching in January. Adhoc applications throughout the year will be matched where we have mentor availability.

Calling all mentors (new and existing): we are looking to boost our mentor numbers, so if you feel you can give 1-2 hours per month of your time to develop another member’s career, please get in touch.

Calling all mentees: Looking to advance your career? If this is on your to do list, but you’re not sure how to go about it, could mentoring be right for you? Get in touch to find out more about how valuable a mentor could be in gaining your next role.

Who can be a mentor/mentee?

Mentoring is open to everyone who is interested and willing to be available and commit to the mentoring relationship. A mentor may have a certain level of experience, knowledge, be working at a particular level, or have certain skills and abilities that they would like to use or pass on to others. A mentee recognises they need help, support or guidance in a particular area and want to be proactive about their own development.

Find out more about the scheme by either downloading the PDF documents below which give you an overview of the scheme, tell you more about mentoring, and give you guidelines on ethics, our process and frequently asked questions. Alternatively, you can email for more information or get in touch with members of the scheme committee.

Scheme Committee and contacts

The Scheme is run by Joint Chairs Annabel Graham and Tim Mitchell. We are looking for more volunteers to help us run the scheme, so please do get in touch if you’d like to join us or have any questions about mentoring in general. We can be contacted either by emailing or directly through our profiles on Linkedin.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Mentoring scheme (PDF 390 KB)

Mentoring pack (PDF 116 KB)


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