We launched our HR mentoring programme for the media, entertainment and retail industries in July 2011. It’s now in its fifth round. To date, about 80 HR professionals have taken part from organisations including Sony Music, McCann Erickson, ITV, Trip Advisor, BBC Worldwide, ASOS and Cath Kidston.
The scheme was essentially born out of a conversation with an HR director friend and client: often HR team development comes at the bottom of the list in company L&D strategy and budget. It is a great way of offering an alternative development source without impacting HR team budgets and HRDs’ time.
To begin the process, we identify the key objectives an individual wants to achieve through short training sessions and one-to-one interviews – and we match mentors and mentees on that basis. Often, an alternative industry perspective or insight into specialist HR areas is considered during the matching process.