In-company mentor

Guides candidates within own company towards becoming a competent, professional engineer.

Primary focus:

The role of the mentor is to guide the candidate towards becoming a competent professional engineer, able to contribute to the company, the engineering profession and the community. By developing a close rapport with the candidate as a result of regular confidential meetings, the mentor can challenge the candidate to enhance their performance and provide valuable guidance and motivation. The mentor should not be in a position of direct supervision of the candidate and need not be in the same department, the same company or even the same discipline.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Helping the candidate review his or her overall development as a professional engineer.
  • Ensuring that their development plans take them in the right direction.
  • The candidate may also ask their mentor to assist with the task of self-assessment against the UK-SPEC competence and commitment statements. This will involve helping them to check they have appropriate ‘coverage’ of all the competence areas and that these have been achieved at an appropriate level.
  • Adhere to the IET's data protection policy for volunteers.

Appointment method:

  • The appointment of in-company mentors is usually initiated by the company itself.

Period of appointment:

  • Not within the scope of the VSU (the employing organisation will have its own appointment process).


  • Training for in-company mentors is usually undertaken within the company.
  • To support this process, the IET offers courses for mentors. A mentoring workshop is available which lasts approximately two hours and usually takes place in the evening.  These events are co-ordinated by our local networks. The IET courses unit also offers a more detailed one day mentoring course. The IET website provides details of forthcoming dates, venues and prices.

Person specification:

  • An in-company mentor will ideally be a member of the IET and professionally qualified, but neither is mandatory. Membership of, and qualification by, another engineering institution is considered as equivalent.