CWU Exchange Mentoring – Activists Supporting Activists

CWU Exchange Mentoring – Activists Supporting Activists
Dear Colleagues,
CWU Exchange is the CWU’s own mentoring scheme designed to develop new activists through utilising the skills and experience of our more experienced representatives.
Who will CWU Exchange be targeted at?
The initial pilot scheme will be targeted at relatively new Women, BAME and Youth activists who are active in either their Branch, workplace or Region. Most will have been active for up to three years. 
How will we select the CWU Exchange Mentors?
Potential mentors are invited to apply through a formal application process. Each applicant will complete an application form which will detail their skills, experiences and understanding of mentoring. A National Steering Group will shortlist the successful candidates and they will be invited to attend a two day training course. The following criteria will apply:
At least 5 years experience within the CWU at a senior level at Branch, National, Regional or IR level

Excellent communications skills including public speaking

A demonstrable commitment to developing new activists

An understanding of the role of mentoring within a trade union

Ability to commit specified time to the mentoring role

It will be desirable but not essential to have experience of delivering training, workshops, briefings etc. to other representatives or in the wider labour movement.

What training will be provided?
Building on the success of the Mentoring for BAME and Women courses delivered last year the Education and Training Department will provide a two day course at Alvescot Lodge with the following aims:
To develop mentoring skills

To understand the roles and responsibilities of CWU mentors

To understand and apply mentoring skills in line with the requisite ethical standards

To understand and apply the processes and policies of delivering mentoring according to the CWU Exchange Scheme

The training will be delivered by suitably qualified tutors and members of the Education and Training Department on the following dates at Alvescot Lodge:
3 and 4 May 2016
5 and 6 May 2016
How do I apply?
Potential mentors will need to apply by completing the attached application form. Please give us as much information as possible and return your application by Monday 11 April 2016. We will ask potential mentees to apply via a similar application process in due course detailing their experience to date, any barriers that they are facing and letting us know what they are looking for in a mentor. 
Selection and matching of Mentees and Mentors
The Steering group will then be responsible for short listing 40 mentors and 40 potential mentees and for matching them with one of our trained mentors. This will be based on geography, particular areas of interest, constituency, and what they are seeking from the mentoring process. 
If you are interested please return your completed application form to: 
Maxine Todd, CWU Education and Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2PY. Alternatively email your application to
Any queries relating to this LTB should be directed to me at in the CWU Education and Training Department.
Yours sincerely,
Trish Lavelle
Head of Education and Training                                                      
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 195/16 – CWU Exchange Mentoring – Activists Supporting Activists

Attachment 1: Application Form CWU Exchange Mentoring Scheme


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