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

The process  

We aim to match as many mentors and mentees as possible. This is a rolling programme of matching. If you aren’t matched first time round, you will be carried over onto the following months matching exercise.  

Applications are now open for mentors only

We are only looking for mentors at this stage, due to the overwhelming response from mentees. To continue to make effective matches we need more mentors. If you have experience and knowledge to share, fill the mentor application.


The deadline to apply as a mentor for the next round of matching is 30 September 2020.

For this round of matching we will aim to match the mentees that applied at previous rounds and that haven’t been matched yet. If you want to apply as a mentee, you will be able to do so in October by contacting the programme.

Get the application

To apply to be a mentor on the programme, use the application form (GCS members only).
Ask the development adviser in your department for the GCS password or contact

What happens next

We will contact you as soon as you’ve been matched.

If you haven’t been matched, you will be carried over onto the following matching exercise.


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

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