Renewed and Refocused CWU Exchange Mentoring – Invite to become a CWU Mentor
I’m pleased to inform you that the Equality, Education and Development department have recently renewed its CWU Exchange Mentoring Scheme.
The renewed scheme focuses on a one union approach and has purposely been structured to allow mentors and mentees the ability to balance busy work schedules and properly plan for mentoring initiatives, with easy to use guides, template diary logs, quarterly feedback questionnaires and the offer of additional support (where needed) to aid with the process.
With the use of Zoom and online facilities now being utilised on a daily basis new avenues to aid the process and create a better working relationship between mentor & those being mentored have transpired.
To ensure that the new scheme is a success and to enhance our pool of mentors we would encourage experienced activists to apply to become mentors.
How do I apply?
Experienced activists who are interested in becoming a CWU mentor will need to apply by completing the attached application. Please give us as much information as possible and submit your application by Monday 16thMay 2022. We will ask potential mentees to apply via a similar application process in due course detailing their experience to date and letting us know what they are looking for in a mentor.
How will we select the CWU Exchange Mentors?
A National Steering Group will shortlist the successful candidates based on the following criteria:
CWU mentors must have
- 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?
All successful candidates that meet with the mentor criteria will be invited to attend a two day course.
All training will be delivered by suitably qualified tutors. The course content has been designed to upskill successful candidates by delivering the following aims:
- To develop mentoring skills
- To understand roles and responsibilities within the mentoring partnership
- To understand and apply mentoring skills in line with ethical standards
- To understand and apply the processes and policies of delivering mentoring according to the CWU exchange scheme framework
Selection and matching of Mentees and Mentors
The National Steering group will be responsible for short listing mentors and 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 in becoming a CWU Mentor, please submit a completed application by Monday 16th May 2022.
You can access the electronic application form here
A copy of the mentoring guidance pack can be found attached for further information of the renewed scheme
Head of Equality, Education & Development