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.

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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.
  • If feasible, 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.
  • Share your experiences and evidence of good practice with peers.

* This year we are welcoming applications from across the UK. With that in mind we expect that the support offered to our mentees will (in the main) take place via creative means other than face to face; be it phone, email and online platforms like Teams and Zoom for example. We hope that at some point over the course of the year it may be feasible for face to face meets to take place as we’re aware that our members travel a lot with outdoor work and to practice their skills during consolidation, but we do appreciate the difficulties involved in travelling long distances to meet.

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

Training events for this year are now fully booked.

Browse our library of mentoring resources.





Statement on our position on individuals approved to deliver Mountain Training schemes and qualifications becoming Mentors

MTA fully supports individuals who are approved Mountain Training Providers and/or 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 is available below:


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.

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 are now inviting prospective mentees to apply for a place on the programme and an application form is available below. Applications must be submitted to mentoring@mountain-training.org by Friday 25th June 2021.

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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