Join the CIPR mentoring programme

Our mentoring programme will support your professional development and help you to achieve your career goals. The programme is run in association with expert mentoring and training provider, Clutterbuck Associates.

The shift in public relations is creating increasing challenges and opportunities for practitioners. In a fast-paced and competitive environment, being able to go to a mentor for professional advice, guidance and inspiration is invaluable.

Mentoring can support you through transitional periods in your career including:

  • setting up your own agency
  • returning from maternity leave
  • adapting to new responsibilities at work.

The programme will operate in the strictest confidence to ensure you gain the most from your mentor relationship. It is responsive to your individual needs, from finding you the right mentor to ensuring you get what you need from meetings.

For further information about mentoring, please view our 'Introduction to mentoring' webinar (opens in a new window).

Become a mentor

If you have 15-20 years' public relations experience (gained in-house or in consultancy) and would like to give something back to the profession, apply to become a mentor.

How you will benefit:

  • Enhance your developmental toolkit: the mentoring relationship allows time to practice and develop key mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Develop your learning – developmental mentoring is a two-way learning process and mentors in successful programmes report that they also learn a great deal from their mentees.
  • Build relationships across the sector.
  • Gain a sense of satisfaction in sharing knowledge and playing a small part in someone else's success.
  • If you are included in the programme as a mentor in 2016, we will reimburse your membership subscription for the year.


CIPR members: £750 + VAT; non-members: £1,000 + VAT.

The programme includes:

  • 10 face-to-face meetings with your mentor where possible
  • launch workshop – introduction to mentoring: how to get the most from the mentoring relationship
  • regular updates
  • ongoing support and materials
  • review session during the year.


Our 2016/2017 programme is now closed, so we are no longer taking any more applications.

Mentee application form

Mentor application form.