GCS Mentoring

The GCS Mentoring Programme brings together communication specialists in a mentoring partnership. Since its launch in autumn 2012, the GCS Mentoring Programme has been extremely 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

Our aim:

We aim to match as many mentor/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 next deadline date for your application is by midday on:

  • 24 September 2019

If you have been matched, you’ll be contacted within 10 days. If you haven’t been matched, you will be carried over onto the following matching exercise.  

How to sign up

We would love for you to get involved with the GCS Mentoring Scheme.

You can apply to be a mentor or mentee by completing the applications below and sending them to GCSMentoringProgramme@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Mentor application here

Mentee application here

If you have any further questions about the GCS mentoring programme, please email GCSMentoringProgramme@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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Conversations: Connecting Diverse Voices

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.

  • For SCS and Grade 6 leaders the programme offers the opportunity to identify an area of D&I you would like to learn more about and matches you with someone in the profession that has insights into that area.
  • For GCS members up to Grade 7 who have knowledge and experience of an area of D&I, the programme offers the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from SCS or Grade 6 leaders.

 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 for CCDV by following this link.

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