A pilot version of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI’s) new mentoring programme, designed to support the professional development of chartered members, has opened for applications from both prospective mentors and mentees.
The RTPI says that its pilot programme, called NURTURE, will provide “structured, professional mentoring” for 25 of its members who are mid-career and looking to progress.
Those who enrol will commit to six one-hour sessions with mentors between June 2021 and February 2022.
Mentees can learn skills in areas such as strategic development, leadership, change management and self-confidence, said the RTPI, while mentors can develop enhanced leadership and interpersonal skills, and increase their own profile and networking opportunities.
The RTPI’s president Wei Yang said: “This pilot is a great opportunity for those looking for help with their professional development, as well as for those looking to contribute to our profession as a mentor.
“We welcome and encourage applications from RTPI members of all backgrounds and particularly from women, disabled, ethnic minority, and LGBT members who are currently under-represented at senior positions throughout the planning profession.”
The RTPI said that feedback from the pilot will inform the future development of the programme. Applications are open until 8 March 2021.