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Becoming a Mentor – 2021/22

Become an FST Mentor and help to strengthen the sector by supporting the progression of others. As an FST Mentor, you will be supported to improve your skills in communication and listening, mentoring and coaching, leadership and management, and earn new tools to develop your own career. 

FST Mentoring offers comprehensive training and the opportunity to put your skills into action by mentoring one or two fellow FST members, with support from a trained Mentor. 

This is not a role to role mentoring scheme, but rather an opportunity for you to support your mentee with review, reflection and agreed action to enable them to achieve success in their work. 

The FST Mentoring programme is FREE to all Full and Individual members.
Associate members can access the programme for a subsidised fee of £200+VAT. This fully-funded training is offered as an FST member benefit, so it’s not available to non-members.

If you have any enquiries don’t hesitate to contact our Professional Development Manager fiona.mccurdy@scottishtheatre.org 


Mentoring is a two-way partnership of mutual respect, between someone with experience and someone who is seeking support. The FST Mentor programme aims to raise self-awareness, encourage increased self-reflection, and support a people-centric approach to working. The skills are transferable and applicable in any walk of life, be it at work or home.

The mentor role is critical to ensuring the success of the mentoring partnership. Members who take on the role of mentor assume the responsibility for supporting, and helping facilitate the personal and professional growth of their mentee.

In the FST Mentoring programme, the mentee will be the driver of the process and set the plan according to their needs. The mentor’s role is to support them in exploring new ideas and options, encourage learning from their past experiences, and challenge their assumptions.

The FST Mentorship programme will give you expert training, supervision and guidance to take on a mentor’s role; it is important to us that you feel comfortable with every step of the process.

It is essential that before applying you make sure you can commit the time to the process, both for your mentoring training and to allow for sessions with your mentee.


Mentor training is aimed at supporting the development of the following core abilities: 

  • Active listening – the ability to closely listen, observe and understand your mentee 
  • To create rapport, empathise and encourage self-reflection 
  • Non-judgemental –believe that the mentee has positive intentions and has the potential to grow 
  • Flexibility of response appropriate to the mentee’s needs 
  • The ability to give feedback appropriately and to work in a non-directive way 
  • The ability to talk less than the mentee 
  • To ensure it is about the mentee and not the mentor

Time Commitment

We ask FST Mentors to attend six, three-hour online training sessions and two supervision sessions*, and to commit to 8 – 10 mentoring sessions with each of their two mentees over the 9-month period (between August 2021 – October 2022) following the training.  

Training for new mentors will be held on the following dates:
(Please note, these dates are subject to change but will be finalised before training begins)

Mentor Training Day 1Tuesday 20 April 10am – 1pm (3 hours)
Tuesday 27 April10am – 1pm (3 hours)
Mentor Training Day 2Tuesday 4 May10am – 1pm (3 hours)
Wednesday 12 May10am – 1pm (3 hours)
Mentor Training Day 3Tuesday 18 May10am – 1pm (3 hours)
Tuesday 25 May10am – 1pm (3hours)

*Dates for supervision sessions will be confirmed in due course.

Selection Criteria

This programme is suitable for people working in all areas of professional dance, opera and theatre, including artistic development, management, audience development, production, technical and education. The selection process is based on careful reading of applications and in adherence with the outlined selection criteria below:  

  • Experience of working in the sector 
  • An active desire to support others with their professional growth 
  • A desire to develop listening skills 
  • Relevant professional skillset – a diverse range of work experience will be prioritised 
  • Previous experience as a mentor or mentee is desirable but not essential 


Application deadline: Wednesday 3 March
All applicants will hear back w/c Monday 15 March