Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring have been forgotten cousins of the learning and development profession.

There are many theories about why this might be, one of the main arguments for this is due to the proliferation of Life Coaches in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but at the British Institute for Learning & Development we believe that coaching is an integral part of L&D.

Coaching isn’t a new art, it’s as old as teaching! there have been sports coaches for years, I used to be a bit of an amateur runner and in 1986/7 I had a running coach as part of the team that I trained with, I’m now a coach myself for Kickboxing.

What has changed in recent years is that coaching has gone from the sports arena into business, I don’t know when this change occurred but it was significant.

Coaching isn’t mainstream but the principles that have been developed from time immemorial have been applied to the business world and, more importantly, have now been enhanced. Coaches can now take coaching qualifications such as those offered by the Training Foundation.

The point of this blog isn’t to discuss what coaching is, there are plenty of sites for that, this is about the professionalism of the coaching industry. We see coaching and mentoring as an essential skills that anyone involved in L&D should have even if you don’t hold a qualification it’s likely that you exhibit those traits.

What is a new development is that some companies are now appointing Mentors not as a full time job but as a part-time role alongside their full time role.

Anyone involved in Coaching is part of the learning and development industry, therefore should look to become suitably qualified and then join a professional body. Those involved in mentoring are often at the very beginning of an exciting and reward new career path in learning and development, we’re in a position to help you explore that.

We’re holding a CPD event on the 2nd December on the topic of coaching and mentoring – more information can be found HERE

Rich Wootten

Business Manager for the British Institute for Learning & Development.

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