Women in FCERM Mentoring Programme
Since 2019, Women in FCERM have run a successful group mentoring programme. The programme is designed to connect people who have a particular skill set (mentor) with a small group of individuals (mentees). The groups come together to learn from each other, develop and make progress toward their personal and professional goals.
The ‘group’ element of the mentoring programme aims to build and maintain a safe and trusted relationship between the mentors and mentees. This helps everyone to feel comfortable, supported and confident in sharing issues and concerns. The mentoring groups meet face to face and/ or virtually.
The mentoring groups cover specific issues and topics that women have told us they want support and mentoring on. These topics cover personal skills, career progression, and work-life balance.
Our mentors and mentees work for many different organisations in the flood and water industry. For example, the Environment Agency, Defra, Jacobs, JBA consulting, Arup, and several county councils. This provides a range of experiences and backgrounds.
Since 2019, the WiFCERM mentoring programme has supported over 160 mentors and mentees to progress their personal and professional goals.
Being a mentor can improve skills such as communication and leadership as well as allowing you to share your knowledge of your work area and experiences. Providing support and guidance to a mentee can provide a sense of fulfilment and personal growth. Mentors do not need to have experience of being a mentor (or be a woman).
Becoming a mentee in a group mentoring programme provides a safe space for you to explore personal, work and career issues. It will give you an opportunity to gain insight and develop a network of people that can support your personal and professional goals.
The WiFCERM mentoring programme also featured in CIWEM’s ‘The Environment’ magazine July/August 2021 edition. The article highlights the benefits of mentoring and included stories from several mentors and mentees from the 2021 WiFCERM mentoring programme. You can read the ‘Me and my mentor’ article here.
Our Mentors said,
‘It was my pleasure to be as a mentor on this platform and really loved sharing my experiences with other women who face similar challenges and I also learnt from theirs. It was a very positive journey. Thank you to give me this opportunity to be part of it’.
‘Group mentoring is great because you get to spend time with a group of thoughtful and inspiring women. And if I can share my experiences and perspectives to help them succeed then that makes me feel honoured and proud. As a mentor I think you learn a lot about yourself and it opens your mind up to differing views, challenges and perspectives. The benefits go both ways!’
Our Mentees said,
‘I just wanted to share the news that I have a new role in the EA. I’ve really benefited from your mentoring in the ‘Women in FCRM’ pilot so want to say a huge thank you. The other mentees and I have agreed to continue supporting one another with quarterly check-ins, and ad hoc meetings as necessary so it’s had a really positive impact. We all seem to be driving forward with new opportunities and roles’.
‘I have gained confidence, practical skills and techniques and been put forward for a bonus which I wouldn’t have pushed for before these sessions’.
‘‘I liked the small group and felt it worked very well in terms of shyness etc. The content was good and definitely covered the subject. We all had time to practice and put ourselves out of our comfort zones. I also liked the group helped shape the mentoring to what we all needed’.
WiFCERM Mentoring Programme 2022
Are you looking for a mentor in FCERM, but not sure where to start, who to ask, or what to ask them? Or maybe you have knowledge and experience to share and help women across the FCERM sector develop and fulfil their potential, but not sure where to start?
WiFCERM can help – applications for the WiFCERM Mentoring Programme 2022 are now open!
Both mentors and mentees should commit 9-12 months to the programme. Mentors do not need to have experience of being a mentor (or be a woman).
All mentors and mentees should read the information pack before they apply for the mentoring programme.
Applications will close on Sunday 10 April 2022. We will use the application forms to match mentees and mentors and create our mentoring groups. Successful mentors and mentees will be notified in mid-April.
For any other queries, please contact us at WiFCERMMentoring@environment-agency.gov.uk.