Fabian Women Mentoring Scheme

The Fabian Women’s Network is recruiting for its 2013/14 Mentoring Programme

Following the astounding success of the first two years of the Fabian Women’s Network mentoring scheme, we are now recruiting our third cohort of aspiring women. If you are a woman looking to develop a career in politics or public life then this could be the scheme for you.

Taking part will enable you to develop your political skills and increase the impact and influence you can have on political and public life through mentoring from one of a number of highly influential women along with bespoke training.

The scheme launched in 2011 on International Women’s Day and since then has gone from strength to strength. Two cohorts of women have now completed the scheme and have, over ten months, received mentoring as well as taking part in organised training and networking activities. The scheme includes time spent in Parliament in London, a trip to the European Parliament, and a residential weekend where mentees will take part in training in the core skills required to be effective in public or parliamentary life.

The programme has already delivered some incredible results for participants and the Fabian Women’s Network. Suzy Stride has been selected as the parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Amina Ali was shortlisted as the parliamentary candidate for Middlesbrough and a number of women have gone on to become school governors and trustees on the boards of charities.

The Fabian Society is now inviting applications from Fabian women. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear interest in politics and a commitment to their own development. The deadline for applications to be a participant or mentor is 02 April 2013. The scheme will run from May 2013 to late February 2014. To apply to be a mentor click here and to apply to be a mentee click here. All applications must be submitted with a CV and a completed equalities monitoring form which can be downloaded here. For queries please contact Christine Megson at christine.megson2@ntlworld.com. We want to make sure Fabian Women are all fully aware of this opportunity. If you would like to help us publicise it then you can download a flyer by clicking here.

Quotes from last year’s participants of the mentoring scheme:

The scheme was an amazing experience. The days away in Parliament and the residential were both incredibly helpful and informative and it’s been a fantastic way to meet lots of superbly gifted women in the Labour Party – we need to see more women in leadership and in Parliament and the FWN mentoring scheme is a great support to see this happen.

Suzy Stride, Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow

Being a mentee has been challenging, inspiring and most importantly – fun. It’s a pleasure to watch people develop over the course of the scheme and realise that you too are learning a tremendous amount – not just about politics but also about wider public life. It gave me the confidence to put myself forward for roles I wouldn’t have otherwise done – for example, this year I was appointed as the youngest trustee of the National Deaf Children’s Society, a large £20m+ turnover charity.

Reema Patel, FWN Mentoring Alumni

The last 9 months on the FWN mentoring programme have been incredible. I have learned so much, from improving my knowledge of the process for selection, learning more about how the Labour party works, to enhancing my communication skills. Having training from women MPs was invaluable; sitting in a Women’s PLP meeting and discussing policy with senior politicians was inspiring. The best was definitely the wonderful women who I met on the programme who were so supportive and have now become my friends.

Caroline Watson, FWN Mentoring Alumni

The Fabian Women’s Network mentoring scheme is unique and an excellent programme. Not only do you get great support from your mentor, but you build a fantastic network of incredible women, who never cease to inspire, encourage and support each other. The political education aspect of the programme is superb too. I have gained in confidence and learnt so much. I can’t recommend the scheme highly enough.

Felicity Slater, FWN Mentoring Alumni

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