SWWIC Team pilot new Mentoring Course

SWWIC2013mentoringCoaching and Mentoring skills are vital in business to improve performance and productivity – and a team from SWWIC have been piloting a new course South Devon College on Coaching and Mentoring, in preparation for the course to go live in March.

SWWIC provides women in the South West from any discipline, trade, sector or organisation involved in construction with the opportunity to meet, network and share experiences, as well as raise awareness of careers and opportunities available to women in this field. We are always looking to see how we can utilise the skills of our members to help others – and this course provided a great chance to do just that!

Our Chair, Lucy George Foster, said “This is a unique opportunity thanks to the course being funded by CITB and FMB.  Our members are able to further enhance and develop their workplace skills in the Construction Industry. The feedback already from the members is extremely positive and in co-operation with South Devon College we hope more of our members will benefit in the future.” 


Lynda Breslin, the team’s tutor for the course added: “I love teaching on this course because you can see the benefits it brings to the students and their businesses at first hand.  Coaching and Mentoring can drive organisational change as well as change for individual members of staff – it’s a very powerful tool.“ An article in the Financial Times in October 2013 entitled ‘We Want Coaching’ highlighted the growing importance of coaching for improving performance, leading teams and engaging employers.  “One of the mega trends in management … is the shift from controlling to coaching management cultures.  When it comes to getting the best out of teams and fully engaging employers, a coaching style gets results.”  Recent reports suggest that a 79% of organisations expect a rise in internal coaching over the next three years.

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can contact any of the team who completed the pilot via the SWWIC website or visit South Devon College’s website www.southdevon.ac.uk.

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