After you have provided sufficient time for speed mentoring – around 4 to 8 weeks – you should remind participants what they need to do next as part of the programme.

You will have already decided how you want your long-term mentoring arrangements to work when you designed your programme earlier.

This email will need to tell participants how they move from a speed mentoring interaction to a long-term interaction.

Examples of the emails you could send are provided below.


Long-term mentoring email to mentors

This document contains a template you could use to send to mentors, telling them what to expect after speed mentoring has concluded.

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Long-term mentoring email to mentees

This document contains a template you could use to send to mentees, telling them to select a long-term mentor.

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Case study

Civil Service LGBT+ mentoring programme

For the Civil Service LGBT+ mentoring programme, each mentee was matched with up to 3 mentors for speed mentoring. Mentees were given 4 weeks to hold their sessions. Mentees were told that they could either use this speed mentoring session to:

  1. get a one-off piece of guidance or advice from each mentor, or
  2. explore whether each of their mentors were suitable matches for a longer-term mentoring arrangement

After the speed mentoring was complete, mentees were asked to select one of their speed mentors to approach as a long-term mentor. This long-term mentor then worked with their mentee for up to 12 months; meeting them for an hour every 4 to 8 weeks.