Foundation Skills Mentoring Programme 

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Embedding mentoring within the workplace will help to create a supportive and safe environment to share experiences and knowledge, to test new ideas, to aid growth and development at all levels. It can develop a better understanding of the culture and structure within organisations and allows for a creative space through which success and failures can be explored, learnt from and shared. Mentoring can improve retention rates and work performance through job satisfaction and a sense of being valued as well as enhancing working relationships.

This programme is aimed at colleagues across the Southwest and individuals new to mentoring as well as individuals who have some mentoring experience that they wish to continue developing.

To gain insights into how mentoring has had a positive impact in the leadership journey of those who have taken part in mentoring please review our Mentoring Booklet and article on ‘Mentoring in the South West’.

Programme learning outcomes:  

At the end of the programme participants will: 

  • Appreciate where mentoring ‘fits’ in the context of professional learning and development 
  • Understand the typical evolution of a mentoring relationship and reflect on the key transition points in effective mentoring relationships 
  • Understand and practice the core competencies needed to develop an effective mentoring relationship 
  • Explore a purpose and goal orientated approach to the mentoring session and relationship 
  • Reflect on the development of mentoring knowledge and practice

This programme is now fully booked. If you would like to be notified when spaces become available please complete the Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

Programme structure:  

Please note that this programme consists of 5 sessions and a review sessions. Delegates are required to attend all sessions.

Tuesday 7th February 2023 12.30-3pm  

The first session will explore mentoring in context and invite participants to reflect on their experiences of mentoring within, and outside of their organisational context. We will consider the range of learning and development opportunities and the different approaches to mentoring. 

Tuesday 21st February 2023 12.30-3pm

The second session will explore the typical evolution of a mentoring relationship. Participants will be introduced to the EMCC Global mentoring and coaching core competence framework and consider how this aligns to key transition points in the mentoring relationship. 

Tuesday 7th March 2023 12.30pm – 3pm

The third session will explore the concepts of psychological safety and the thinking environment. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the application of the core concepts in their mentoring practice. 

Tuesday 21st March 2023 12.30pm – 3pm

The fourth session will explore the concepts of purpose and goals in the context of mentoring. Participants will have the opportunity to apply a goal orientated framework (GROW Model) for a mentoring conversation and consider the wider application in their mentoring practice. 

 Tuesday 18th April 2023 12.30 – 3pm 

The fifth session will consider the methods and ways in which the quality of the mentoring conversation and relationship can be explored in a learning environment. 

 Tuesday 2nd May 2023, 12:30 – 2:30pm

This follow-up session will provide course participants with the opportunity to reflect on their learning across the five sessions and consider how they can apply the learning to their professional context. 


The deadline for registration is 24th January 2023. The 20 places on this programme cohort will be confirmed by 27th January 2023 or before.

The Zoom invitation details will be emailed to confirmed programme participants. 

Facilitator Bio

Dr Julie Haddock-Millar is an Associate Professor (Practice) of Human Resource Management and Senior Teaching Fellow at Middlesex University Business School and Visiting Professor at the International University of Monaco. Julie is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Group Lead International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), Member of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and Advisory Council Member of the Harvard Business Review (HBR).

Julie leads teaches on a number of postgraduate programmes including the flagship MBA and DBA programmes. Julie gained her Doctorate from Middlesex University in the field of strategic organisational development and mentoring and was nominated for the Ken Goulding prize for Professional Excellence. She holds an MA in Human Resource Development, Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is an EMCC Global accredited Master Practitioner Coach and Mentor (EIA), Master Practice Programme Manager (IPMA) and Practitioner Team Coach (ITCA). She is also certified with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations as a Coach and Consultant Supervisor.

Julie recently led on two large-scale action research mentoring and coaching projects with Youth Business International and Médecins Sans Frontières, involving the ongoing analysis and evaluation of entrepreneurial mentoring, mentoring in the humanitarian field and team coaching field teams in situations which involve armed conflict, natural disaster, endemic and epidemic disease and/or social violence and healthcare exclusion. She currently supports the National Institute of Health and Care Research with their mentoring programme ongoing continuing professional development and evaluation. Julie’s research interests include mentoring and coaching in the context of work-life balance, resilience and well-being. Additionally, she has published in topics such as impact evaluation and reflective practice.

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