It’s true that we shouldn’t allow good things to go to waste. And skills, knowledge and expertise are no different.

The ICCP mentoring programme has been designed to give our most knowledgeable and experienced construction claims practitioners – Fellows – an opportunity to give back to the industry by supporting and guiding aspiring construction claims practitioners who have joined at Associate level.

The programme is mentee driven and it is the responsibility of the mentee the drive the relationship. The programme is completely flexible so once a mentor-mentee relationship has been established, it’s your decision as to how you wish for your relationship to work.

Benefits for mentors

  • The ability to develop your coaching and mentoring skills
  • The opportunity to pass on personal experience as an employer or employee
  • A chance to use communication and leadership skills, as well as professional knowledge
  • The satisfaction of ‘giving back’ and helping others enhance their career development strategies
  • The satisfaction of helping junior professionals to overcome challenges and broadening your own experience as a result
  • The opportunity to develop new skills and keep current through the process of ‘reverse mentoring’
  • The knowledge that you are helping the broader industry achieve best practice, professionalism and integrity by shaping the professional morals and ethics of rising professionals

Benefits for mentees

  • Studies show that those who have had a mentor are 130% more likely to hold senior leadership positions and earn more annually, due to increased focus and clarity over career development
  • 75% of interviewed executives say that mentoring has played a key role in shaping their career
  • We all lose focus and wonder if we’re on the right track for our careers sometimes. A mentor will support and encourage you and give you confidence in your abilities.
  • The simple advantage of having a ‘sounding board’ – someone within the industry that you can approach for professional advice and career guidance

How to be a good mentor

The programme is designed to be flexible to accommodate busy schedules and different time zones for mentors and mentees but there are some key characteristics that will make you a good mentor.

  • Set expectations from the outset for the support and guidance you are able to give, and time frames it can be given in
  • Provide open, honest and clear advice
  • Recognise where your mentee is struggling and offer support and encouragement

How to be a good mentee

The programme is designed to be flexible to accommodate busy schedules and different time zones for mentors and mentees but there are some key characteristics that will make you a good mentee.

  • Be open, honest and take responsibility for your own career development
  • Communicate your circumstances clearly and concisely
  • Ask for support and guidance when you need it
  • Act upon advice given
  • Accept support and encouragement
  • Appreciate that your mentor may be busy and be respectful of their time

How it works

The ICCP keeps a list of Fellows who are available to mentor Associates. Once you have been accepted as a member, you will have the opportunity to enroll on to the mentoring programme and get connected with an appropriate mentor.