The aims of the course are:
• To gain an understanding of what is mentoring • To understand the context of a regional or branch strategy on mentoring • To develop key mentoring skills including listening and questioning • To develop awareness of the process of developing stewards • To agree the scope and boundaries of the role of mentors within the branch (or other group)
This course is designed to be used as part of branch development and is aimed at anyone interested in setting up a mentoring scheme within a branch, not just potential mentors themselves. It is ideal for any branch that is keen to develop a mentoring scheme to support and involve new stewards in the day to day work of the branch. It could also be used to assist with branch’s support for Union Learning Reps and to encourage the development of a branch education team.
On completion of the course, the learner will:
• Have a clear idea about the main approaches to mentoring, including traditional and peer mentoring • Understand how being a mentor will work within their own branch and region • Have an understanding of some of the key skills a mentor needs, and have practised these • Reflected on the stages of development of a new steward in UNISON, and identified key milestones when a mentor might be able to support a new steward • Identified some of the potential pitfalls which might arise when introducing a mentoring scheme and worked out how to tackle these • Understood and developed a personal and branch protocol for operating as a mentor.
£15 per delegate per day
Branch Officer Courses