Last week, the SFA in partnership with Skillnet Ireland launched the next phase of ‘MentorsWork,’ an initiative aimed at helping Irish small business owners and managers to navigate current business challenges and plan for growth.
A key new addition is the MentorsWork Competency Assessment, an online diagnostic tool which will help business owners and managers to identify skills and development needs. Developed through extensive collaboration with the industry and current MentorsWork participants, this innovative tool guides users through a comprehensive list of questions and generates a bespoke report that contains insights and recommended next steps. The insights and areas of development are then addressed through a programme of mentoring, masterclasses and workshops provided by Skillnet Ireland in partnership with the SFA.
MentorsWork has expanded from 8 weeks to 12 weeks in duration and offers unlimited masterclasses and peer-to-peer workshops as well as one-to-one mentoring.
MentorsWork is a flexible programme designed to provide the skills and supports that small business owner-managers need to improve and grow their business. The programme is fully subsidised by the Government of Ireland and offers integrated learning supports across four key pillars: People, Finance and Growth, Digitalisation and Automation and Business Processes. The programme connects business owners and managers with dedicated expert business mentors to address specific issues on a one-to-one basis. MentorsWork also supports businesses to develop a six-month Strategic Business Improvement Plan.
First introduced in April 2020, MentorsWork has supported 600 businesses to date and this new phase of the programme aims to support a further 600 SME owners/managers. Developed in partnership with industry to boost SME productivity, the programme is available free of charge to small business owners and managers operating across all sectors in Ireland.
Business owners and managers can apply to participate in MentorsWork here.