HR Mentoring Programme

Handle Recruitment's unique HR Mentoring Programme is an exciting collaboration between our clients, facilitated by us.  We use our matching expertise to bring mentors and mentees together, in a relationship through which they offer each other developmental guidance opportunities.

Brands that have participated include All Saints, Sony Music, BBC Worldwide, Yahoo, Hobbs, ITV, Trip Advisor, Channel 4, Burberry, Diesel, Cath Kidston, Monsoon and Paperchase.

Mentoring is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person: it’s an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue and challenge.  All HR professionals within our client base can apply for mentoring.  The programme is most effective for HR business partners and HR managers who would:

  • value discovering more about how other organisations operate
  • benefit from the wisdom and experience of a more senior, objective professional from a related, non-competing organisation

Handle's senior HR clients are welcomed as mentors.  It’s a great opportunity to ‘give back’ to the HR community, hone your coaching skills and learn about how things are done in other organisations.  To support learning, we ask our mentors and mentees to identify hot HR topics they’d like our fantastic speakers to explore at our bi-annual networking events.

what are the benefits of mentoring?

  • Enhanced confidence
  • Being challenged to set higher goals, take risks and achieve higher levels 
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Cross-industry networking opportunities
  • A role model for professional leadership
  • An objective perspective on navigating your career

how do I apply for hr mentoring?

You’ll need to complete a brief application form first of all. One of Handle’s HR consultants will then meet you to determine your key development areas and personality/culture fit. This will help us ensure mentoring is right for you, and match you with a mentor who has the relevant experience and brand fit.  If you’re selected you’ll receive full training from our independent consultant HR Director, Gil Bell

how do I become a mentor?

Please get in touch and we’ll arrange to meet with you. At the meeting we’ll provide an overview of the programme and determine the knowledge and experience you’ll be able to use to guide a matched mentee.

“This is a ground-breaking way of sharing HR expertise across the industry, and if there’s one player in the market who can make it work that’s handle.” Timo Gorner, European HR Manager, 20th Century Fox

“I’m very excited about the HR Mentoring Programme. It really shows how handle leads the way in working in partnership with their clients to add even more value to the service they provide. ” Vickie Farrell, Head of HR, PPL

"Being mentored is one of the most valuable development opportunities you can offer employees. Having the guidance, encouragement and support of my mentor, he has provided me with advice on overcoming work related issues, encouraged creative thinking around challenges I was facing and the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. I would encourage potential mentors and mentees to get involved!" Vicky Gilligan, Head Office Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Monsoon Accessorize

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