Reverse mentoring: one-day workshop

Course summary

Reverse mentoring takes the skills, models and practices of a traditional mentoring dynamic: off-line support; mentee led; sharing insights and best practice; encouraging individual growth and learning. But at its core, reverse mentoring is anchored in a parity of esteem.

This means that both individuals will have skills, knowledge, expertise and individual strengths that have value and provide a different perspective. The one-day workshop will primarily focus on reverse mentoring in terms of more established and senior colleagues (in terms of career experience) and younger colleagues (in terms of career experience and age). This model can be mapped to a range of dimensions including: LGBTQI+ identities; BAME identities; neurodiversity; gender; career specialism; leadership styles. It has a disruptive impact on traditional ‘knowledge centres’ ensuring that the narratives and experiences of junior colleagues are shared upwards.

Globally, umbrella terms such as Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Older Adults are used to help map attitudes and mind-sets and the different ways individuals may experience technology, communication, identity, and the world of work.

Generation Z (Gen Z) born between 1995 – 2015 will have grown up in a fully digital and global backdrop. One in which talking about mental health and gender identity is the norm and having a ‘traditional’ linear career might feel quite alien. In the same vein a senior manager may find themselves leading team members whose working lives began before computers in the workplace who are much more comfortable and experienced in face-to-face negotiations, speaking on the phone, and working through changing contexts such as mergers and restructures.

This practical one-day course will give you the opportunity to explore the roles and practical skills necessary to build a successful reverse mentoring relationship. That will not only benefit the individuals involved but will build organisational resilience and break down siloed working. Creating opportunities to leverage difference, reframe discussions and create a more cohesive workplace community.

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course at your venue, for your team, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course at our London training suite then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course. Please contact us to log your interest in this course.

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  • Course outline

    The course will cover:

    • what is reverse mentoring
    • understanding inter-generational diversity
    • how it contributes to organisational development and resilience
    • how reverse mentoring differs from other forms of development
    • what are the ground rules for reverse mentoring
    • the skills of the effective reverse mentor and how this differs to a traditional mentoring relationship
    • taking a Person Centred approach
    • structuring and managing reverse mentoring sessions
    • active listening and questioning skills and techniques
    • working with different learning and engagement styles
    • goal setting and action planning
    • dealing with challenges of reverse mentoring, such as time pressures, lack of engagement or personality clashes
    • evaluating reverse mentoring relationships
    • bringing reverse mentoring relationships to an end
  • Who is this course for?

    This one-day workshop is suitable for anyone who is involved in reverse mentoring or who wishes to start their first reverse mentoring relationship. At its core, this workshop is about building trust and rapport, and creating a safe space for individual growth and reflection. As such, the tools and techniques within the day would be useful for staff at all levels particularly if navigating sensitive issues, wellbeing, identity or diversity.

  • What will this course help me do: learning outcomes?

    This course will enable you to:

    • understand the role of the reverse mentor and the parameters of the approach
    • understand the value and challenges of inter-generational diversity
    • establish a reverse mentoring relationship and set appropriate ground rules
    • plan and structure reverse mentoring sessions
    • appreciation of a Person Centered approach and the core psychological conditions for supportive developmental conversations
    • learn and practice key reverse mentoring skills
    • set appropriate goals and action plans
    • deal with common reverse mentoring challenges
    • manage the end of a reverse mentoring relationship

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  • Course fee
    • £469 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
    • £522 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)