Mentoring is a semi-structured process by which experienced individuals share their knowledge, skills and experience to help others to achieve their professional and/or personal development goals.
CIHT Mentoring is available to members who are currently working towards Engineering Council registration and would like to work with a mentor who has good knowledge of the relevant standard and the process involved in achieving it.
CIHT mentors provide advice, guidance and encouragement to their mentee on their journey to becoming professionally qualified. As a mentor, you will help the mentee identify the relevant knowledge and experience required to meet the required competence standard and advise on how this might be demonstrated in their submission and at interview.
You can become a CIHT Mentor if you are already a Member or a Fellow of the Institution and are registered with the Engineering Council at CEng, IEng or EngTech levels. You are also expected to have worked for at least 3 years at the senior level. Your experience should cover and match the standards as outlined in the UK-SPEC document.
Mentoring offers an opportunity for you to:
As a CIHT mentor you will work with your mentees and guide them through the Technical Report and/or Professional Review process. This will include:
To be an effective mentor, you should:
Technical knowledge and experience
Mentoring can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be demanding on your time. Before committing to mentoring, consider your current commitments and decide whether you are able to dedicate the required time needed for mentoring.
It is up to you and your mentee to decide on the method and frequency of your communication. Conducting face-to-face meetings, using online platforms or a blended approach are frequently used and established means of carrying out a mentoring session.
The length of the mentor/mentee relationship can vary and should be mutually agreed with your mentee. The level of registration and the route the candidate needs to take should be considered when discussing and considering the length of the mentoring assignment. It is also recommended that both the mentor and mentee regularly review the progress of mentor/mentee relationship and adjust where appropriate.