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If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton

How can we help you?

For mentors:
How can I mentor someone effectively?

For mentees:
What do I need to do to make the most of mentoring?

For managers:
How can I strengthen mentoring in my team?

For leaders:
How can I set up a robust mentoring programme in my organisation?

Professional development:
What are the competencies of a good mentor?

Online training:
How can I get training in mentoring?

Welcome to Mentoring Matters, a community of learners who seek to support the development of robust mentoring initiatives that enable sustainable development in intercultural contexts.

Mentoring is one of the most effective staff development tools. It is personal, relevant, relational and flexible. Mentoring is especially beneficial in multicultural organisations where investing in the professional development
of every staff member – regardless of age, gender, race or language –
is of the utmost importance.

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I took SIL’s Introduction to Mentoring online course recently with two of my staff members. Although I have been both a mentor and/or mentee over much of the past 20 years, I found this training to be very foundational for anyone who is considering a mentoring relationship. (I would almost want to call it mandatory.)Continue reading “Steve”


​I personally might have given up on my work had I not had the encouragement of the two mentors I have had. Over the years my mentors have invited me to participate in their consulting work, taken time out of their busy schedules to meet with me face to face and through skype, helped meContinue reading “Jessica”


Having had a mentor who is experienced in my domain helped me understand what my job is really about. After years of being with my organisation, I now act as a mentor to others. I believe in mentoring because it is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of investing in the development ofContinue reading “Apolinaire”


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