Business Mentoring Matters

Why Do Some Companies Choose To Have A Pilot Mentoring Program?

Posted on Fri, Jan, 15, 2010

A pilot program is an exceptional way to introduce a mentoring initiative prior to rolling out a full mentoring program.  A pilot mentoring program is designed as a regular program but in a much smaller scale.  Usually, a Mentoring Program Manager forms a task force of 6-8 people. Members of the task force should represent a cross-section of the organization, including potential mentors and mentorees, supervisory personnel and any stakeholders who can bring value to the process. For example, a representative from Human Resources might help tie department goals with the goals of the mentoring program.

Responsibilities of the task force:

  • Determines the goals of the program
  • Chooses the proper mentoring model
  • Selects criteria for mentors and mentorees
  • Defines other critical components of the program
  • Interviews potential candidates
  • Matches participants
  • Evaluates results at the end of the pilot program

To learn more about how to implement a pilot mentoring program, or for assistance in designing one, click here.


Tags: Mentoring Programs, Mentoring FAQs, Talent Development and Retention