Our coaches and mentors are committed to supporting the development of our staff. Academy coaches and mentors are required to complete a coaching and mentoring qualification and receive regular supervision.
The Academy adheres to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’s global code of ethics.
Identifying your coach or mentor
Once you have completed a coaching or mentoring request form, Organisation Development will review this and match you with a potential coach or mentor. You’ll be invited to attend a 'chemistry conversation' with that individual. A ‘chemistry conversation’ is an informal conversation between the coach and coachee, before the first official coaching session. The conversation allows both parties to begin to build rapport and to test the interpersonal dynamics, which a view to deciding whether they will work together. The chemistry meeting is a vital part of the coaching process as you’ll need to have a rapport with your coach or mentor in order for the coaching to be successful.
The most important element of entering into a coaching and mentoring agreement is commitment. The coach/mentor and the coachee/mentee must place a high degree of importance upon their sessions. Sessions should be booked in advance and neither person should cancel unless it is unavoidable. Should a session need to be rescheduled this must be done with as much notice as possible.
Format of coaching/mentoring sessions
All coachees/mentee will be offered a maximum of six coaching or mentoring sessions, each lasting up to 75 minutes. The ‘chemistry conversation’ is in addition to the six sessions. The first session is referred to as the ‘contracting’ meeting. Continue as above.
The first session is referred to as the ‘contracting’ session. Your coach/mentor will clarify with you the aim of coaching/mentoring, discuss and agree the internal coaching/mentoring contract, and share mutual expectations and goals. You will agree a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), which will be reviewed frequently as you attend the coaching/mentoring sessions.