NEP’s Volunteer Business Mentors are typically experienced entrepreneurs, perhaps partly or fully retired, or a member of a large company’s senior management. They sign up to the programme because they want to share their extensive knowledge and have a real philanthropic desire to give something back to the people and the area they live in.
Volunteer Business Mentor criteria:
Either a current, semi-retired/ retired senior business person. Or, a member of a large company’s senior management team.
They will have been a longstanding employer and ideally live within Northamptonshire.
They are comfortable in supporting their mentees to create wealth.
They sign up to NEP’s Code of Conduct and Ethics, including never selling consultancy support to their linked mentee(s).
Being an Ambassador for NEP and understanding they are a part of NEP’s Mentoring Team.
Most of all having a real philanthropic desire to give something back to the people and the area they live in.
Benefits to our Mentors:
NEP’s Mentoring Programme links our Volunteer Business Mentors with people who understand, value and benefit from working with a trusted confidante. All our business mentors are volunteers and offer their time and knowledge free of charge.
Our programme links successful business people and entrepreneurs (Mentors) with knowledge thirsty business owners, who are keen to identify ways in which they can grow their business; with the aim of not only ensuring the sustainability and growth of a business but also helping to contribute to economic development within Northamptonshire.
Mentoring is very much a two-way process, as much beneficial to the client as it is to the mentors. Besides being a stimulus for innovation and creativity – learning new ways of doing things, the following are additional reasons why mentors volunteer their time:
Mentors find that mentoring enables them to develop their personal communication skills by gaining further insight into how individuals have different learning styles, they learn how they can share their knowledge and experience more effectively by asking the right questions.
Mentors realise they have huge amounts of practical experience and find it extremely rewarding to support people wherever they can.
Often, they attribute their success to having learnt from the experiences of others and they hope that by sharing experiences with others they can support businesses to reach their potential.
Mentors gain satisfaction from knowing that they have been able to ‘give something back’.
To express an interest in becoming a Volunteer Business Mentor please complete our online form or if you would like further information contact: Helen Nicholls on 01604 609393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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