The role of the mentoring or coaching scheme coordinator is usually vastly underestimated, and a common problem is a lack of allocated hours to implement the programme. Too often, the coordinator is required to set up a new programme in addition to a full-time ‘day job’. Not investing sufficient coordinator hours to the programme will however inevitably lead to shortcuts being taken and to a programme that falls short of best practice. This in turn will impact on the success factor and so, if a decision is made to implement a mentoring or coaching programme, then it is essential that the commitment includes appropriate staffing levels and a sufficient allocation of hours. Table 2.1 gives some guidelines on the number of hours required for a typical mentoring or coaching programme.
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