The Institute has a central and company-based Mentoring Programme to support members who wish to achieve professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council (EngC), in addition to the associated professional membership grades of Professional Member (MIMMM) and Associate Member (AIMMM). There is also an in-house team of professional mentors who can support applications to these and registration through the Science Council (SciC) as a Chartered Scientist (CSci), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), in addition to registration through the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). The Institute is also able to offer mentoring support to members seeking Fellowship (FIMMM).
These are volunteers - members holding either CEng or IEng registration and experienced in membership assessment procedures who have also been trained as mentors and kindly agreed to mentor members in their spare time. Their role is to advise on the process and with the mentee agree a project plan; review and critique the quality of the evidence being recorded by the mentee against the competency framework and within their CPD record on a regular basis; provide guidance on opportunities or experiences the mentee should seek out to broaden and strengthen their professional development; advise the mentee when the time is right to start working up their application; and finally to critique and support the eventual application and provide any final tips before the mentee submits and/or attends their Professional Review Interview. Mentors have a number of resources to call upon from the Institute to support them in this role.
As mentoring can be a significant undertaking for both the Mentor and Mentee, it is necessary for both parties to comply with a series of rules that will apply to each 'Mentor-Mentee Pairing' that the Institute establishes - these are:
1. Those seeking a mentor through this programme must be a paid up member of the Institute from the time of requesting a mentor and throughout the period of mentoring.
2. They will not have access to an employer-based mentor.
3. Prospective mentees will need to forward their CV and current job description with permission for their email contact details to be shared with a mentor that the Institute matches them with. The Institute recommends that the mentee sets up a new and dedicated email account for this purpose.
4. Mentors will be allocated on a discipline-specific basis. In the case where one is not immediately available, an interim mentor may be appointed.
5. It is envisaged that all communication between mentor and mentee will be by email only.
6. Each Mentor-Mentee Pairing will be reviewed annually by the Institute and the cooperation of both parties is requested when this is carried out.
7. The Institute reserves the right to end any Mentor-Mentee Pairing that has become inactive or the mentor/mentee has ceased their membership of the Institute.
8. In the case where the Mentor-Mentee Pairing does not work out, the Institute will mediate with the aim of reaching a satisfactory solution to both parties.
Members seeking a Central Mentor should contact Ian Bowbrick on email@example.com
The Institute has trained and set-up a network of company-based Mentors to support others in these companies seeking registration through IOM3. They can currently be found at:
- Afton Chemical Ltd - Bracknell
- British Steel - Scunthorpe
- Edif ERA - Leatherhead
- EDF Energy - Barnwood
- Element 6 - Didcot
- KBR - Leatherhead
- Metalysis - Sheffield
- National Physical Laboratory - Teddington
- Rolls-Royce - Derby
- Sellafield Ltd
- Tata Steel - Port Talbot
- Tata Steel - Shotton
If you would like to be put in touch with the Organising Mentor for any of these companies, please contact Ian Bowbrick on firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering as a Mentor
If you hold a professional grade of membership with IOM3 (FIMMM, MIMMM, AIMMM, TIMMM) and are also a Registrant with the EngC, SciC or SocEnv and interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Ian Bowbrick on email@example.com
Read an interview with Ian Bowbrick about the IOM3 mentoring programme in Materials World magazine