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moving forward placements and mentoring

Moving Forward:Placements and Mentoring

Caroline Sudworth, Cogent

April 2012




Working Group


Working Group

Similar Outcomes

Evidence Base



mentoring a review
Mentoring: A Review

Focus on start-ups and scale-ups

Matching Facility Required

Database for life sciences;

SME mentees linked up with suitable mentors

Supporting service through mentoring experience

Website facility

Supported Training of Mentors

Workshops to develop and train mentors

On call support for mentors

Builds on existing Mentoring schemes, e.g. BIS Mentorsme and NESTA

Aim to increase uptake and engagement in skills training, particularly SMEs and supply chains

Aim to support new business growth and longevity

placements a review
Placements: A Review
  • Support for a not-for-profit placements service
  • Engage Industry, Higher Education & Trainees
    • Devise routes to increase SME & CRO placement provision
    • Ensure quality
    • Offer pre-placement training to trainees and HE/Industry participants
    • Offer employers an incentive, such as R&D Tax Credits or a National Insurance Holiday
    • Offer participants a fixed tuition fee & student loan interest freeze
    • Showcase benefits & good working practice
  • New Ways of Working
    • Coordinate sector wide collaboration
    • Explore international placements through ERASMUS, EMTRAIN, UKTI & British Council
    • Consider mentoring to support all parties
  • Raise Profile & Reward Activity
    • Increase numbers of industrial placements
    • Champion & enhance existing programmes & support packages
    • Recognise & reward good working practice
the action plan
The Action Plan
  • Growth Innovation Funding
    • 31st May 2012 Deadline
  • Your feedback and support is essential
  • Please complete and leave behind the questionnaire
more information
More information…..
  • Placements:
    • Caroline Sudworth:

[email protected]

  • Mentoring:
    • John Holton:

[email protected]