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

Since its launch in autumn 2012, our programme has been extremely successful, helping people build skills and plan their career development.

What is mentoring

Mentors are 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 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, we encourage you to apply as a mentor.

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.  

Application for mentors and mentees

The deadline to apply for the next round of matching is 30 June 2020. 

To apply to be a mentor or a mentee on the programme, please send an email to You will receive an auto reply with the link to the online application forms. 


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.

There is no monopoly on good ideas

Ministry of Defence (MoD) colleagues talk about what they think of the GCS Mentoring Scheme.

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Connecting Diverse Voices (CDV) is a mutual mentoring programme that is part of the GCS Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy.

(Page last updated February 2020)