The coalition government is calling on all business people from across the country to share their expertise and knowledge with others through a new scheme which aims to help entrepreneurs fulfill their potential. The coalition’s GetScheme, which was launched by business minister Mark Prisk in November 2011, was designed to get thousands of experienced business people to smaller enterprises around the UK. Get Mentoring has already signed up over 3000 people and aims ultimately to recruit a total of 15,000 new mentors.
The project has already been significantly backed by a number of business organisations, like the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Forum of Private Business and the National Enterprise Network. It will be led by the Small Firms Development Initiative Limited, the UK’s sector skills body for enterprise.
The Business and Enterprise minister, Mark Prisk, has now revealed that free online training is being offered in order to make it easier for potential mentors to get involved. He believes that this training, which will be offered to every mentor, will create an effective mechanism to help aspiring entrepreneurs get the help and support they need to succeed. Commenting on the announcement, the minister added:
“This training tool is vital to help build our growing network of trained mentors. Mentoring is a very effective way for aspiring entrepreneurs to get the help and support they need to succeed. Having worked as a mentor I know how rewarding it can be to use your business experience and help someone who is eager to learn. I would encourage business people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in … to give a new or growing business a boost in their development.”
Get Mentoring is part of the wider Business in You campaign, which helps to highlight support for start-ups and growing businesses. Tim Whitehall is the managing director of a construction consulting firm in Chester and has recently completed the new training package, and is in no doubt that he wants to get more heavily involved in the scheme in the future:
“When I spotted the Get Mentoring scheme I instantly knew it was something I wanted to get involved in. I’ve always thought about mentoring, because I think real experience of making difficult decisions in challenging situations is invaluable to another business owner and I was keen to share my knowledge.”