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This year has posed many threats and depending on the nature of your business or industry, you may have a wide range of challenges to face.

We are here to support you through this, no matter what stage of the process your business is at.

The MentorsWork 8-week business-support programme is FREE to SMEs nationwide and is designed to provide the skills and supports to help business owner-managers and leaders sustain and improve their business.

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MentorsWork is brought to you by SFA in partnership with Skillnet Ireland, SCBI and Microfinance Ireland

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Overview of MentorsWork

The MentorsWork programme is designed to provide you with the skills and supports to help your business thrive, by addressing the specific needs of your business. You choose the priority areas for your business and we tailor the programme to suit your needs.

MentorsWork is a free, structured 8-week business-support programme, comprised of an integrated approach of mentoring and learning supports. These supports include one-to-one mentoring sessions, peer-focused workshops, expert-led masterclasses, and access to a curated online learning platform.

The programme aims to help your business adapt and thrive, by improving skills and competencies across four learning pillars; People, Finance & Growth, Digitalisation & Automation and Business Processes.

Participating businesses will be paired with a sector-specific mentor at the beginning of the programme and guided through the entire process, which is structured specifically to address your critical business competencies.

 

Business Competency Learning Pillars

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People

This pillar covers aspects relating to you and your team including driving team performance, optimising remote working solutions, supporting team well-being and leading your team.

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Finance & Growth

This pillar covers aspects relating to growth and managing the finance of your business and includes gaining new clients and business, accessing financial supports, building and executing new sales models and identifying new business opportunities.

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Digital & Automation

This pillar covers aspects relating to internal and external digital transformation of your business and includes moving your business online, marketing your business, building online communities, and automating day to day tasks.

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Business Processes

This pillar covers aspects relating to your processes and efficiencies and includes creating a lean business model, implementing improved business processes, preparing a business continuity plan and performing business risk assessments.

Eligibility Criteria

MentorsWork is a free mentoring and learning initiative designed for SME owner-managers and leadership teams across all industries in Ireland. Private sector businesses based in Ireland with 5 – 250 employees are eligible to participate in MentorsWork.

 

Certain businesses are not eligible to participate in MentorsWork:

  • Private sector businesses with under 5 or over 250 employees
  • Public sector organisations
  • Charity or not-for-profit organisations
  • Businesses based outside the Republic of Ireland

 

MentorsWork is supported by Skillnet Ireland. Skillnet Ireland is mandated to support private sector enterprise.



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The Benefits

Structured Support

Your dedicated industry-specific mentor will support you through the programme.

Expert Guidance

Access a range of expert-led workshops & masterclasses specific to your business needs.

Actionable Insights

Develop a bespoke Business Improvement Plan with support from your mentor, to implement following the programme.

Free to SMEs

Delivered virtually, the programme is free to SMEs across all sectors nationwide.

Shared Learning

Peer-to-peer workshop approach stimulates greater levels of innovation and knowledge sharing.

Self-Paced

Access to an online library of learning resources to allow you to learn at your own pace.

What Participants Say

"As a business owner, you are supposed to be a leader, but nothing prepares you to lead during a pandemic. I needed a sense-check on what I was doing, and reassurance that I was taking the right next steps. The guidance provided through MentorWorks was fantastic.”

Gina Murphy

Owner,

Hugo’s Restaurant

"Business owners and managers should put time aside to focus on their personal development, as it will ultimately benefit the business. By working with a mentor, we focussed on how to improve the business. This has helped with staff engagement, improved efficiency in production and increased our bottom line.”

Liam Ellis

Managing Director,

Advanced Labels

"As a business owner you sometimes are so involved in the day-to-day survival of the business that you do not get the time to step back and look at the future. We always need to see how we can do things differently. MentorsWork helped us do that.”

Canice Nicholas

Joint Director,

Cara Pharmacy

Programme Structure

MentorsWork aims to help you improve productivity within your business through a range of integrated learning supports:

  • One-to-One Mentoring
  • Expert-Led Masterclasses
  • Peer-Focused Workshops
  • Curated Online Learning Portal

 

In order to get real and impactful results, you will have to commit to a minimum of 16 hours spread across the 8-weeks of the programme – an average of just 2 hours per week. This 16 hours will be an investment into your future and your business recovery.

During the application process, you will be asked to select up to three key business competencies that you would like to focus on. If your application to the programme is approved, your selection will allow us to:

  • Assign you a Dedicated, Sector-Specific Mentor
  • Inform Your Choice of Masterclasses and Workshops
  • Curate Your Online Learning Platform

 

In addition, you will work with your mentor for the duration of the programme to produce a bespoke Business Improvement Plan. This plan will provide the roadmap for your business to navigate the 6 months following completion of the programme.

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Mentoring

3 x 90min

Online Sessions with Dedicated Mentor

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Over three online mentoring sessions, your assigned sector-specific mentor will provide support and expert guidance on the competency areas you select during the application process. They will offer you tailored advice and practical recommendations relevant to the needs of your business. They will help you formulate a bespoke Business Improvement Plan to provide the roadmap for your business for thenext 6 months.

Masterclasses

2 x 1hr

Online Masterclasses led by Thought-Leaders

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You will be asked to select to attend masterclasses of your choice, which will be delivered virtually by an expert thought-leader in that area. Each masterclass presenter will have deep understanding of the subject matter and will contextualise their insights with particular relevance to Irish SMEs. They will distil industry best practice with the aim of helping you improve your high-level business strategy.

Workshops

2 x 2hr

Interactive Peer-Focused Workshops

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Our trainer-led, peer-focused workshops are designed to encourage knowledge sharing between businesses. You will be asked to select to attend workshops in the areas most relevant to your business needs. Our expert trainers will utilise breakout rooms for a highly interactive learning experience.

Curated Learning Portal

3 x licences

Percipio Learning Platform

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As part of MentorsWork, you will be given three online learning licences, for you and two colleagues, to the Percipio Intelligent Learning Platform. Each licence will give you access to a curated learning pathway based on the competency areas you select. However, you are not limited solely to training in these areas – you will have unlimited access to this library of training resources for the entire duration of the programme.

Business Improvement Plan

Bespoke plan to navigate the next 6 months

Over the 8-week programme, your mentor will help you devise a 6-month strategic Business Improvement Plan. This plan will be your stepping stone into a sustained model of continuous business improvement, allowing you to continue the progress you made on the MentorsWork programme.

The 6-month Business Improvement Plan will ensure that implementing industry best practice becomes the norm for you and your business.

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How Do I Apply?

Once you hit the ‘Apply Now’ button below you will begin your
3-step application process:

  1. Watch an introductory video outlining the format of the programme
    and the level of commitment required from all participants.
  2. Search for your company using your CRO number via our company
    search tool. If you don’t happen to have your CRO to hand, there is an
    option to manually complete the company details form.
  3. Complete the application process by entering your personal details
    and selecting your 3x business competencies that you would like to focus
    on during the programme.

Click the apply button below now to begin your MentorsWork journey.


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