MentorHER is a sustainable mentoring programme supporting women to thrive in the tech sector in our region. Our mission is to build a community of mentees who, once they have completed the programme, will then ‘pay it forward’ and give back to the next generation of women joining the industry.

Community is a huge part of MentorHER, with participants forging relationships not only with their partner but a whole network of women across Greater Manchester and beyond.

The programme takes each cohort through:

  • A Kick Off Event, where our cohort meet, get to know each other & set intentions for the programme
  • Training for Mentors & Mentees
  • Monthly Connect sessions online where Mentors come together & Mentees come together with our programme leaders for bespoke training & support responsive to their needs (optional)
  • Monthly Mentor-Mentee meetings over the course of 6 months
  • End of Programme Celebrations

MentorHER is not about teaching in specific technical skills such as coding, but instead draws on coaching techniques alongside advice, networking and other traditional mentoring practices to help Mentees to flourish. One key focus is to facilitate time to reflect, explore and develop what the idea of a successful career looks like to each individual.

As a sector we need to ensure that women are encouraged not only to join but also feel confident to thrive in their career within the sector. Each journey will be different and we champion that no path is the same.

Applications currently closed

Applications to join Cohort Two of MentorHER closed on Monday 15th April 2024.

We will be in touch with all applicants within 2 weeks of the deadline passing.

Watch this space for applications opening for future cohorts of MentorHER.

Criteria for MentorHER Cohort Two

Is MentorHER right for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

For all applicants

  • MentorHER is for specifically women, and is always inclusive of trans women.
  • MentorHER is based in Manchester. All participants need to be living or working in Greater Manchester, or close enough to make their own way into Manchester City Centre for meetings.
  • You need to be able to attend two initial in-person dates; Kick-Off and your Training day. Those dates are included in the application form.
  • MentorHER is not technical training. The mentoring relationship is focussed on your overall career, rather than training in a specific technical skill such as coding.
  • You must be able to commit to being on the programme for its duration (6 months). We know unexpected things can come up and where possible we’ll help you navigate those things and stay on the programme, but it’s important for both your Mentor/Mentee and the wider cohort that all participants are committed to the process.
  • Make sure you’ve considered why you’re applying. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to get from the process, but have a think about what’s driving you to pursue this opportunity – we’d love to hear about it and will ask about it in the application.

For Mentees

  • Mentees for MentorHER Cohort Two must currently be working in tech (that includes anyone working in a tech organisation, and anyone working in a technical role at a non-tech organisation). Cohort Two of MentorHER isn’t suitable for those looking for their first role in the industry.
  • You must be in the first two years of your career for this Cohort. If this isn’t the case for you right now, there may be future MentorHER cohorts which are a better fit, so please stay in touch.

For Mentors

  • Mentors on MentorHER are women working in tech in the North West who have the experience, insights and desire to support the upcoming generation of women in tech. 
Apply now to be a Mentor or Mentee

Insights into the MentorHER

End of Cohort One reflections

Mentee Reflections

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Mentor Reflections #2

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