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Training and Mentoring


Mentoring is when an experienced person assists a less-experienced person in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the professional and personal growth of the latter.

AA International can provide:

  • e-mentoring through www.techtalk–
  • face–to–face mentors for your existing staff through regular visits with or without e-mail contact;
  • provision of new technical assistance pairings of junior staff (interns) with mentor contact;

Why do organisations want mentoring programmes?

1. Interest in mentoring varies with economic and social factors; and, under today’s financial constraints:-

  • Organisations recognise that workforce demographics have changed .
  • Agencies are finding it difficult to recruit and retain qualified personnel.
  • Corporate memory has often been dramatically eroded..

2. Short-term, grant funding patterns cause teams to be disbanded in short order, leaving too little or no time for on-the- job training or personnel development.

3. A formal or structured mentoring plan can address skills gaps very cost-effectively.

  • While at CAZS, Bangor AA International staff and associates provided 18 “intern-mentor” partnerships from 1994-98 to develop and teach the first agricultural and natural resources courses at the brand –new Mekelle University.
  • Employing young staff in the field, supported by e- mentoring by experts who also make occasional visits, is an extremely cost effective means of obtaining technical assistance.
  • AA International can provide technical assistance through a) mentoring or b) mentored interns in a variety of forms:-

One-On-One Mentoring
The most common mentoring model, one-on-one mentoring matches one mentor with one mentoree. Most people prefer this model because it allows both mentor and mentoree to develop a personal relationship and provides individual support for the mentoree. Availability of mentors is the only limitation.

Resource-Based Mentoring
Resource-based mentoring offers some of the same features as one-on-one mentoring. The main difference is that mentors and mentorees are not interviewed and matched, but will provide support according to availability.

Group Mentoring
Group mentoring requires a mentor to work with 4-6 mentorees in the same agency at one time. The group meets once or twice a month to discuss various topics. Combining senior and peer mentoring, the mentor and the peers help one another learn and develop appropriate skills and knowledge.

Training-Based Mentoring
This model is tied directly to a training program. A mentor is assigned to a mentoree to help that person develop the specific skills being taught in the program. Training-based mentoring is limited, because it focuses on the subject at hand and doesn’t help the mentoree develop a broader skill set.

Executive Mentoring
This top-down model may be the most effective way to create a mentoring culture and cultivate skills and knowledge throughout an organization. It is also an effective succession-planning tool, because it prevents the knowledge "brain drain" that would otherwise take place when senior management retires.



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