Mentoring for All to launch in April

Patrick Steel and Nicola Sullivan, 15.03.2017
 Steering group discuss emerging themes
A pilot programme for Mentoring for All, which is the result of the Museums Association's (MA) work to explore best practice and develop a new model for mentoring for the sector, will be open for applications from 1 April.

Mentoring for All, which is primarily funded by Arts Council England, has been developed in line with recommendations made by last year's Character Matters report that looked at attitudes, behaviours and skills in the museum workforce.

The scheme’s steering group met this week to discuss emerging themes that have arisen from more than 100 survey responses, alongside research and interviews.
 
Initial analysis of the survey responses revealed a need for a simple and supported application process for the mentoring scheme, as well workshops for both mentees and mentors. The full findings of this survey will be published in early 2018.
 
It has been confirmed that the scheme would be open to paid employees, freelancers and volunteers, and piloted with 18 mentees and 18 mentors from across England. Participants do not have to be a member of the MA. 
 
Laura Crossley, the consultant who is leading on Mentoring for All, says: “We have found that for those in early, mid and established career stages, mentoring has given people the confidence to move on in their careers and apply for new positions. It can be a life-changing experience.
 
“For mentors, it is a great opportunity to share skills and give back to the sector, developing the next generation and those moving into the sector.
 
“The matching process is crucial, making sure that mentors are able to support mentees and understand their goals.”
 
“Thank you to everyone who has already participated in the research phase,” says Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer.
 
"It is not too late to give your thoughts on the scheme, and if you want to share any information then please email me tamsin@museumsassociation.org.”
 
More information about the scheme and how to apply will be available at the end of the month.

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