Mentoring Programme

Mentoring can be an extremely fulfilling experience for mentor as well as the mentee. Carving out regular time to consider your development with someone entirely separate to your workplace or existing support network (a fresh pair of eyes), can help both participants learn from each other.

The aim of the AXIS Mentoring Programme is to bring participants together to form a supportive partnership to encourage mutual growth and progression. The role of the mentor is to provide guidance and support to the mentee. The role of the mentee is to take on board and consider the experience and advice that a mentor can offer.

The AXIS Mentoring programme offers a unique opportunity to all genders, to develop strong partnerships across industry, across disciplines and across seniority levels (age and organisational).  The only prerequisite to participation is that mentees and mentors are AXIS members.

What is a mentor?
What is a mentEE?
how does it work?

Applicants are requested to complete a short questionnaire to aide with the matching process. When matched, the mentor and mentee will first discuss the expectations and boundaries of the relationship and put this into a mentor agreement so that there is a common understanding from the start.

It is hoped that parties will arrange to meet a minimum of 4 times during the programme (i.e. once every 6 weeks). Participants are free to meet on a more regular basis and this is encouraged.  It is important that both parties are committed and involved during the process.  

It is intended that the mentorship through the AXIS programme will last for a period of 6 months. Partnerships are at liberty to continue independently after the AXIS 6 month programme if they should so wish.


Feedback from participants is essential to analyse the successes and failures of the scheme and to adapt for future success. The AXIS Mentoring team will seek feedback from all mentors and mentees at the half way point to establish how their relationships are progressing; what has worked well; and where there is room for improvement. We will then ask all participants to complete feedback forms at the end of the 6 month programme.


Participants are encouraged to provide feedback to the committee throughout the programme as they feel necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact, especially if there are any concerns or questions.


We operate the AXIS Mentoring programme in cohort cycles. The date for completed applications for Cohort 2021 is 14 May 2021. If you are interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee and are not already an AXIS Network member, we ask you to sign up as a pre-requisite for the programme and to get the launch material. You can sign up as an AXIS Network Member here.

We also recommend that you look over some of the AXIS Mentoring stories and updates from previous cohorts in the blog links below.

If you would like to get in touch with us regarding any other queries regarding the mentoring programme please contact us via email to: with the subject line “Mentoring Scheme”.

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