Programme FAQs


How long does a mentoring relationship last?

We run programmes of different lengths, usually from 6 to 12 months long. The length of a programme will be clearly communicated when upcoming programmes are advertised. Mentees and mentors are expected to commit for the full programme duration, meeting at least 2 hours per month.

 

How much time does it take?

You will need to set aside at least 2 hours each month to meet with your mentoring partner during your time in the programme. This is the minimum time commitment that we ask both our mentors and mentees to make. However, the mentoring meetings are meant to be flexible and work for you. Therefore, you can break down the 2 hours per month into 30-minute slots every week, one 2-hour meeting every month or a mixture of meetings and written updates. Your meeting times should be convenient for both the mentee and mentor. In addition, you will want to budget time to participate in webinars, LinkedIn group discussions and accessing our other resources.

You will also need to complete around 2.5 hours of training before your mentoring journey begins.

 

How are participants supposed to meet?

The Mentoring Women in Business programme is a cross-border mentoring programme that takes place entirely online. The easiest way to build an online relationship is to meet via video calling, which is why you can link your Zoom account to our mentoring platform. In your first meetings, chat with your mentoring partner about when it would work best to meet. Keep in touch in between meetings via the chat function of our mentoring platform.

Some of our mentoring pairs end up meeting in person. If you do, make sure you send us lots of photos and share your story in the LinkedIn group.

Does the programme set the goals mentoring pairs should work on?

During the second phase of the mentoring year, pairs will identify what business and personal development goals are suitable to work on together, based on the mentee’s needs and the mentor’s expertise. Pairs are recommended to review their goals and the progress they’re making throughout the programme and make amendments where necessary.

 

What does the mentoring cycle look like?

The mentoring cycle consists of four phases, each with distinct areas of focus:

  • Phase 1: Getting to know each other. Pairs use this time to build a trusting and efficient relationship by telling each other about themselves, their business and their experience.
  • Phase 2: Setting goals. The pair will focus on what the mentee wants to achieve over the course of the mentoring year and develop goals that they will work on together.
  • Phase 3: Progression. During these months, the mentee will work on the set goals, working closely together with their mentor to make sure that they stay on track and amend goals if necessary.
  • Phase 4: Wrapping up. During the final month together, pairs look back on what they have achieved and make plans for how the mentee will continue working on her business after the relationship ends.

 

What kind of support is offered to mentees and mentors?

During your time in the programme, our team will provide tools, tips, resources, webinars, and support that you can use to build a successful mentoring relationship and achieve the business goals set. We will be checking in regularly to make sure mentoring pairs are still on track and offer support where needed. You can always get in touch with the Mentoring team via our mentoring platform. We aim to respond to all queries within two working days.

 

Will I receive a certificate or other perks after graduating?

Absolutely. In addition to the benefits of a mentoring relationship, participants who successfully complete the programme receive a certificate from our founder Cherie Blair CBE QC, access to trainings and our online community, an alumni title and more.

 

Is there a charge for the programme?

The programme is offered to mentees at no cost. We only ask that you give your time, passion and commitment to your mentoring relationship, and that you report back to us through feedback surveys.

Mentors will be nominated by their employers who fund our programme. Independent mentors who are not affiliated with one of our partners can fund their own participation, and we are setting up a scholarship fund for women entrepreneurs who have previously taken part in the Foundation’s programmes and now wish to be mentors.

 

Application FAQS


What are the steps of the application process?

  1. Applications will open a couple of months before an intake kicks off. You’ll be able to find the application form on the become a mentor or become a mentee pages when applications are open.
  2. Participants need to submit their application before the deadline. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  3. The Mentoring team reviews each application to make sure it fulfils the application criteria.
  4. Once approved, applicants will receive a welcome message with information on how to access the online training. This training is mandatory for each new participant.
  5. Mentees may receive a phone call welcoming them onto the programme and making sure they understand their role and responsibilities.
  6. Potential mentees and mentors will be added to the matching pool and the Mentoring team will do their best to find a suitable match for everyone.
  7. In some cases, we may not be able to find a suitable match, as we match based on a number of criteria, such as time zone, mentee needs/mentor expertise, business stage and age.

 

I am having trouble accessing the application form

If you’re having trouble accessing the application form, try these simple steps and they should solve it for you.

  • First, try to access the application form using a different browser.
  • The next thing you can try is to clear your browsing data before going to the application form. Click here for more information on how to do this.
  • If that doesn’t work, open a “private” or “incognito” browser (click here for more information on how to do that) and open the application there.

If you continue to have problems, please get in touch with the Mentoring team by sending an email to mentoring@cherieblairfoundation.org.

 

I am having trouble submitting my application form

If you’ve filled out your application form, but are experiencing problems when you try to submit, don’t worry as our system will remember your answers.

The first step is to log out and log back into the application. Once you’ve logged in, go through each page and make sure that you have answered every question.

Once you answer the questions, you should then be able to submit the application form.

 

I’ve submitted my application but haven’t heard back. What do I do?

Once the application window opens, the Mentoring team will review each application to make sure it fulfils our application criteria. We endeavour to get back to you within 3 UK working days.

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