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  • WiTEC UK/Inova Consultancy- Equalitec Mentoring Circles Inova Consultancy: All rights reserved [email_address]


  • 1. WOMENTOR International ConferenceMentoring- UK experience Marina Larios MA MSc FRSA WiTEC President / Director Inova Consultancy Graz, Austria 15th – 18th October 2008
  • 2. UK snapshot – Pay Gap Agriculture, hunting & forestry =10.7% Electricity, gas and water supply = 18.5% Hotels & restaurants = 16.1% Transport, storage, communication =5.0% Financial (Banking, insurance & pensions) = 39.7% Real estate, renting & business activities = 23.9% Public administration, defence, social security = 18.6% Education = 11.3% Health & social work = 32.8% Other community, social & personal activities = 20.7% Source: Office for National Statistics, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2006, Table 4.6a.
  • 3. Snapshot UK Each year across the UK 3 million women experience violence, and there are many more living with the legacies of abuse experienced in the past. The conviction rate for rape has fallen for three decades, and now stands at 5.7% of reported rapes in England and Wales, and just 4.3% in Scotland It is estimated that violence against women costs society £40 billion each year (New Philanthropy Capital).
  • 4. Snapshot UK- Women Just 20 per cent of our MPs are women. The UK ranks 41st out of 184 countries around the world in terms of the percentage of women in parliament Women working full-time earn, on average, 17% less an hour than men working full-time. For women working part-time the gap is 36% an hour. Two-fifths of women in employment in Britain work part-time, compared with 11% of men 11% of directors of the UKs top 100 companies are women Employees in Britain work the longest hours of developed nations (more than 25% work more than 45 hours a week), with men working much longer hours on average than women, mainly due to women’s caring responsibilities
  • 5. Mentoring Workshop (July 08) Mentoring Research Centre- Sheffield Hallam University Open Space Methodology Participants: private sector, public bodies, academics, coaches, recent graduates, project managers, trainers, mentees
  • 6. Emerging Themes1. Mentoring Approaches in the UK2. Getting started in Mentoring/Skills for Mentors3. A European Federation for Mentors/Funding Issues
  • 7. Emerging Themes.. cont4. Mentoring Girls/Women in SET5. Do mentors need to be more ‘educated’ or ‘experienced’ than Mentees?6. Mentoring for Women Returners
  • 8. Mentoring Approaches in the UK Variety of approaches Mentee commitment- what does this mean? Paid mentoring versus free mentoring Voluntary mentoring programmes versus organisation’s programmes
  • 9. Getting started in Mentoring/Skillsfor Mentors Importance of training for mentors Development of skills for mentors and supervision Matching: Strategies for successful matching (using psychometric testing, learning styles, etc) Management of expectations
  • 10. Mentoring Girls/Women in SET Need to support girls and women in non traditional fields Teacher’s development via mentoring Mentoring as a way of tackling stereotypes Examples of successful mentoring programmes for women in SET
  • 11. Do mentors need to be more‘educated’ or ‘experienced’ thanMentees? Expectations of relationship Definition of mentoring will in turn define mentor – mentee relationship Evaluation of programmes- key component for monitoring mentor- mentee relationship
  • 12. Mentoring for Women Returners Stages of transition: how to support clients during these changes? Successful mentoring programmes in the UK for women returners have proved the business case for mentoring eg. Equalitec
  • 13. Mentoring outcomes Learning about the self Learning about helping relationships Introduction to action learning Developing creative thinking techniques Establishment of a support / networking group Empowerment to succeed
  • 14. Results Increased self-confidence Empowerment Shift in paradigms Self- belief Increased motivation= R E T U R N or T R A I N I N G
  • 15. More feedback… ‘It has made me feel more positive’ ‘I enjoyed the way we explored different aspects of moving forwards’ ‘It has made me think about my goals and what is important’ Gained ‘inspiration and confidence’ from involvement in the group
  • 16. Feedback ‘The mentoring circle is an independent forum to discuss ideas and plans for business, where everyone is focused on support and encouragement’ ‘the mentoring circle has helped me to make new connections with businesses I can work with’ ‘The support of the other women in the group was the best motivation to keep going’
  • 17. More feedback… ‘ The mentoring circle provided great help and encouragement at a time when a lot of decisions had to be made’ ‘This experience has had a positive impact on both my business and personal development’ ‘My mentor was very inspirational..I am now moving forward with confidence.’
  • 18. Conclusions Mentoring is about transformational change Mentoring methodology= self reflection + action learning + strategy Change: multilayer impact
  • 19. Contact details Marina Larios