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Mentoring

FST’s Mentoring Programme is a core element of our work, an important service we deliver for FST Members. After 11 successful years, it is entering a new stage with a new course leader, Andonella Thomson from Kingscavil Consulting. 

Being a Mentor is an excellent CPD opportunity as the training provided will improve your management and leadership skills, while you will also contribute to the personal/professional development of your industry peers. 

Being a Mentee gives you an opportunity for analysis, reflection and action to enable you to achieve success in your work.

Updates to the FST Mentoring Programme – applications for Mentees:

Additional deadline: Taken that a lot of FST Member organisations are now closed / furloughing their staff because of Covid-19 pandemic, we have introduced an additional deadline for potential Mentees: 10 July 2020. The applications will re-open at the end of May.

Additional deadline: 10 July

New, At the Point of Need Mentoring:

In addition to the year-round mentorship programme, those sessions will be specifically aimed at partnering members, where appropriate, who are working in a similar field to answer/work through one-off professional challenges over a smaller number of sessions, which can either be done in person or online/over the phone. Mentees will be able to apply throughout the year, without an application deadline. 

To apply for At the Point of Need Mentoring, contact Fiona McCurdy

Mentors

Being a Mentor is an excellent CPD opportunity as the training provided will improve your management and leadership skills, while you will also contribute to the personal/professional development of your industry peers.  

The commitment you make as a Mentor is to attend Mentor training and then, throughout the year, have between six and eight sessions with your Mentee. If you decide to continue mentoring the following year, you will be asked to attend Mentor refresher sessions.

Mentor applications are now closed and will reopen in January 2021

Mentees

The FST Mentorship scheme offers professionals working within the performing arts a personal mentor and six to eight mentoring sessions. These sessions are designed as opportunities for analysis, reflection and action to enable you to achieve success in your work.

Using coaching models, Mentors will encourage and support you in finding solutions to the professional challenges you face.

A new, additional, deadline for Mentee applications is on 10 July 2020. Download an application form here.

Andonella Thomson – biography

FST Mentoring is run by Andonella Thomson from Kingscavil Consulting. Andonella Thomson began her career as a trainer and worked for many years as Learning & Development Manager at Ernst & Young.  She is highly experienced and has worked side by side many business leaders both in the Arts and in other sectors. Her coaching style includes using a wealth of tools and techniques which help people develop new skills and fine tune existing skills, achieving their best potential and finding their way forward. Andonella is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a Certificate in Coaching Practice from Westminster University (recognised by the Association for Coaching). She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and holds a B.Ed Hons in English Literature. 

The FST Mentoring Programme will draw on Andonella’s experience and she will make sure that Mentors are equipped with the resources to deliver mentoring feel supported throughout the whole journey.