About the mentoring programme

Interested in being Mentored or becoming a Mentor?

MTA’s Mentor programme is for qualification holders and MTA Members who would like to increase their skill set by volunteering as a Mentor, or for Members who are looking for support in progressing through their chosen qualification as a Mentee.

Aims & Objectives for the Programme

Mountain Training’s vision is to develop “A diverse and active outdoor society, supported by inspirational leaders, instructors and coaches”.
  • To provide support and encouragement between training and assessment
  • To empower people to achieve their goals
  • To train and develop existing skill sets for Members
  • To increase the number of people from under-represented groups to become Mountain Training qualified Leaders and Instructors.

How it works

Each year MTA seeks applications for Mentors and Mentees from its member pool. MTA delivers online training in mentoring skills to members who are interested in becoming mentors. Mentees apply to MTA to join the programme and are matched with a suitable Mentor.

The Programme typically lasts 12 months from the date of partnerships being formed. At the end of the 12 months or when the Mentee achieves their goal, whichever is sooner, we ask for feedback from participants to help monitor and evaluate the impact of the programme.

As well as other important factors such as qualifications and experience, we believe that geographical location is important to the pairing process. While COVID-19 creates an ever changing landscape, we try to match Mentees with Mentors with location included as a matching factor, as it is hoped that out of lockdown Mentors and Mentees can meet face to face.

Why Mentoring?

MTUKI has been running a successful Mentoring Programme for the past four years. Other organisations such as Association of Mountaineering Instructors and British Canoeing have similar programmes. At Mountain Training, it is our mission to inspire, enable and develop people in walking, climbing and mountaineering. Mentoring helps us do this by training up our already experienced Members and allowing them to support and encourage those still on their path to Award holder status, allowing them to learn and develop independently. Mentoring adds that key element of using experience to support others and gives an extra layer to the support and resources that already exist within MTUKI.

How to get involved

Click on the Information for Mentors/Mentees tabs at the top of this page.

Do you have a question?

Visit our frequently asked questions page for more information:

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Not currently a member of MTA?

You need to be a member of the Mountain Training Association to partake in this programme. If you're not currently a member, you can join via the 'Membership' tab in your Mountain Training account or click the 'Join Now' button below:

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Information for Mentors

Want to get involved in being a Mentor?

As a Mentor you will contribute to a community of best practice, supporting trainee Members through their consolidation period between training and assessment. You’ll share your knowledge, skills and experiences to build your Mentee’s confidence and help them to achieve their goals.

What the role entails

Initial commitment is for 12 months, and Mentors are expected to:
  • Create a written mentoring agreement with your Mentee outlining your intended working partnership.
  • Conduct a minimum of six sessions with a Mentee, consisting of reflective questioning, advice and guidance and promoting self-reflection.
  • Arrange at least two face-to-face meetings with your Mentee. These opportunities allow you to forge a stronger rapport with each other, and could be used:
    • To observe/assist one another working with groups.
    • Go walking or climbing together
    • Have a café meeting to discuss progress
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation documentation to help MTA develop the programme and demonstrate impact (2 brief feedback forms p/a).
  • Share your experiences and evidence of good practice with peers.

We are looking for Mentors with the following attributes

  • At least one Mountain Training qualification.
  • Understanding of the relevance of diversity and inclusion in the adventure activities sector.
  • Track record in seeking, giving, and acting upon feedback to/from peers, and others for your own self-reflection, growth and development.
  • Strong interest in supporting the development and progression of others, via formal management, mentoring roles or informal support.
  • An interest in developing collegiate relationships with others that support the sharing of best practice, ideas and experiences through effective questioning and listening skills.

Training dates

We’re offering two online Mentor Skills training opportunities, for up to 24 new mentors. If you're a full member and interested in supporting trainee members to work towards assessment then note these dates down in your diaries:
  • Option 1: 10th and 14th May @ 9.30-11.30am
  • Option 2: 7th and 10th June @ 6-8pm

How to book your place

Online bookings will open on Monday 19th April. If you are interested in becoming a mentor you must be able to commit to attending both dates within one of the options above.
Places on this mentor programme are very limited so please ensure that you have read what is required of you and you are committed to the programme before signing up.

Browse our library of mentoring resources.





Statement on our position on approved Providers and Course Directors becoming Mentors

MTA fully supports Providers, Aspirant Providers and Course Directors who wish to become Mentors. The wealth of knowledge and experience they hold is of huge value to MTA and especially to those candidates seeking support through their own Mountain Training pathways.

It is possible, however, that there may be cause for a conflict of interest, and/or potential questioning from candidates around lack of impartiality if Mentors who are also approved to deliver Mountain Training awards assess their own Mentees.

It is therefore strongly recommended that Mentees are not assessed by their current Mentor.



Information for Mentees

Want to get involved and find a Mentor?

As someone looking for support in your journey to assessment you will be motivated to drive your mentoring relationship forwards.

A download resource providing some more in-depth information about your role as a Mentee will be available here from 4th May.

What the role entails

You and your Mentor will sign up to an initial commitment for 12 months, and you are both are expected to:
  • Create a written mentoring agreement outlining your intended working partnership.
  • Conduct a minimum of six sessions, which will consist of reflective questioning, advice, guidance and self-reflection.
  • Arrange at least two face-to-face meetings with your Mentor. These opportunities allow you to forge a stronger rapport with each other, and could be used:
  • To observe/assist one another working with groups.
  • Go walking or climbing together
  • Have a café meeting to discuss progress
  • Potentially, these meetings may be used for observing/assisting with groups (at Mentor’s discretion).
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation documentation to help MTA develop the programme and demonstrate impact (2 brief feedback forms p/a).

My Mentor

Your Mentor will receive training in mentoring skills from MTA. They will also have:
  • At least one Mountain Training qualification.
  • A track record in seeking, giving, and acting upon feedback to/from peers, and others.
  • A strong interest in supporting the development and progression of others.
  • An interest in developing collegiate relationships with others to support the sharing of best practice.
  • Effective questioning and listening skills.

How to apply

We will be inviting prospective mentees to apply for a place on the programme from Tuesday 4th May. An application form will be available on this page from this date.

We will aim to complete the matching process throughout May and June, ready to commence the mentoring year in July. We cannot guarantee that all applicants will be matched with a mentor this year.

Browse our library of mentoring resources.


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