GCS Mentoring Programme

The GCS mentoring programme brings together communication specialists in a mentoring partnership.

Programme update: 30 June 2021

We opened the GCS Mentoring Programme application forms on 7 of June and we’ve now reached over 190 applications, exceeding our goals and expectations. We are delighted to see such a positive response. We aim to run the next round of matching later on this year.

We encourage you to use our mentoring guidance and work with your line manager if you are keen to get a mentor in the meantime.

Next steps after being matched

Once you are matched or if you already are a mentor or a mentee, use The mentor and mentee guide.

Completing the mentoring programme is 10 CPD points for each mentor and mentee as part of learning from relationships in the 70:20:10 model.

What is mentoring

Mentoring is ​the practice of helping and advising a less experienced person over a period of time, especially as part of a formal programme in a company or university.

GCS mentors are experienced communications professionals who have agreed to share their skills, knowledge and experience. They act as a guide and support to their mentee in a series of informal one-to-one discussions.

Mentees benefit from having an experienced person who takes the time to listen, explore and discuss specific development needs, be that career planning or expanding a personal network.

In turn, mentors are able to develop their leadership and communication skills through these mentoring partnerships.

The purpose of the GCS Mentoring Programme is to:

  • enable mutual learning and development to take place in supported one-to-one mentoring relationships
  • provide an opportunity for mentees to take responsibility for managing their own career development
  • build capability across the government communications profession

Watch the video (2 minutes) Ministry of Defense colleagues talk about what they think of the GCS mentoring scheme.

About our programme

In 2020, GCS has matched more than 500 mentors and mentees, and we know it has been hugely valued by both our mentees and mentors. The programme has been very successful, helping people build skills and plan their career development, since its launch in autumn 2012.


We are not accepting more applications at this time but contact us if you have queries: gcs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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