The programme is closed for applications (update on 1 October 2020).

Programme update

While the initial phase of the Reshaping GCS programme takes shape, GCS has taken the difficult decision to pause the next round of matching. Matching mentees with mentors has in the past taken place every two months and requires significant time and resources from the GCS Professional Development Team. Since the beginning of 2020, GCS has matched more than 500 mentors and mentees. 

This pause will allow the team to support colleagues in other ways, while GCS prepares for the next stage in its mission to continue providing world leading government communications. This page will be updated when plans are confirmed for 2021. 

We are currently matching the applications that we received up to 30 September. Mentors and mentees that have been matched will be notified by 16 October.
Mentors and mentees who have already been matched should continue their meetings.

The GCS mentoring programme brings together communication specialists in a mentoring partnership. Since its launch in autumn 2012, it has been very successful, helping people build skills and plan their career development.

What is mentoring

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 Ministry of Defense colleagues talk about what they think of the GCS mentoring scheme.

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