The GCS mentoring programme brings together communication specialists in a mentoring partnership.
(Last updated 17 December 2019)
Since its launch in autumn 2012, our programme has been extremely successful, helping people build skills and plan their career development.
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:
We are always looking for mentors because we receive more mentees applications than mentors. To continue to make effective matches we need more mentors. If you have experience and knowledge to share, fill the mentor application.
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.
The deadline to apply for the next round of matching is 28 February 2020. We are only looking for mentors at this stage, due to the overwhelming response from mentees. For this round of matching we’ll consider the mentee applications that we received until 17 December 2019.
To apply as a mentor, complete the application and send it to GCSMentoringProgramme@cabinetoffice.gov.uk:
What happens next:
MoD colleagues talk about what they think of the GCS Mentoring Scheme.
Conversations: Connecting Diverse Voices (CCDV) is a mutual mentoring programme that is part of the GCS Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy. The programme aims to facilitate conversations between decision makers across government and those who have experience in areas of D&I.
The programme is open to all GCS members regardless of grade or background.
Our mentoring partners have focused on various areas of D&I including: job-shares, disability, LGBTQ, BAME, socio-economic backgrounds, regional staff, ageism, mental health, care leavers, gender and apprentices.
If you want to make your mark in D&I, sign up to CCDV.