Political Mentoring Development Programme

As an elected member, you have a complex and rewarding role that is unlike any other. It is a challenging role to learn, and you are uniquely able to provide support to those who wish to follow in your footsteps.

This programme will support you to develop the knowledge and skills to be an effective mentor to newly elected members, or individuals looking to stand for election.

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Understand what good mentoring practice is in a political context
  • Know how to put in place appropriate practical and ethical boundaries that benefit you and your mentee
  • Use a mentoring model to provide structure and guidance to your mentoring sessions

This programme provides an opportunity for mentors to develop their own knowledge and skills. The course allows the mentors to explore what a mentoring relationship will entail and how to support mentees in the political context. I would highly recommend this course to elected members

– Councillor Jennifer Layden, Glasgow City Council

The programme consists of:

  • Two participative online workshops (2 hours per workshop / max no. participants 9)
  • Light reading and tasks between workshops

You will have the option to take up a free 30 minute one-to-one with the trainer to discuss your mentoring goals. You will also be able to access our free refresher and skills practice sessions for participants who have completed the course.

Participants must be able to attend both workshops, which will be held via MS Teams on the following dates:

Political Mentoring Development Programme – Cohort 8

  • Workshop 1 – Tuesday 14th September, 10am-12pm
  • Workshop 2 – Wednesday 15th September, 2pm-4pm

The programme costs £75 per member*. To register a space contact stating which cohort you want to take part in. Please also provide contact details of an appropriate officer with can liaise with for payment.

*Please discuss with a relevant council officer whether you are permitted to register in line with relevant council policies and budget. We will invoice your council upon completion of the programme. If you cancel up to 48 hours prior to the start of the first workshop your council will not be charged. If you cancel later than 48 hours before the first workshop, your council will be charged the full amount.

A relevant officer could be the lead for elected member development (Head of L&D, Head of Democratic/Member Services) or it may be a senior officer that you work closely with. If you are unsure who a relevant officer is, please contact and we’ll put you in touch with an appropriate officer in your council.

David Barr - Project Manager, Organisational Development