The POWERful Women mentoring scheme is called POWERful Connections and we’re looking for mentors and mentees.

POWERful Women’s mentoring programme has been in place for about four years and has resulted in 65 mentee/mentor matches. However, with the recruitment of our new Project Officer, we are aiming to expand the number of matches from an average of 12 per year to over 40 per year, which is an ambitious target.  We are looking for women with 10-15 years experience, who have been working in energy for a minimum of five years.

The seniority of the role of the applicant is important as our service is designed to support women looking to move to exec and board positions within the next five years.  However, if you are earlier in your career and looking for career support do look at our website pages here.

We continue to work with other women in energy groups in the sector, with the support of BEIS, to signpost you to a variety of mentoring schemes as well as career coaching resources.  If you are a senior energy professional (ideally C-suite) and you can provide 6-9 hours of your time over 6-9 months to be a POWERful Connections mentor, we would also love to hear from you.

Read moreOriginally the POWERful Connections mentors pledged to give a minimum of 3 hours of their time over a period of 6-9 months to support a senior woman in taking positive steps to achieve their professional goals.  However, some mentoring has been given briefly over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and in other cases the relationship has lasted much longer.  We’ve found it works best when we make a good match and leave the participants to set the pace. Now that some mentees have graduated they are mentoring women in middle/senior management themselves through the network. We have also offered speed-mentoring events for women in middle management and POWERful Connections breakfasts for women with 7+ years experience, whereby a senior female gives a short session on careers over breakfast.  In addition we work with other women’s groups offering mentoring including Women in Nuclear, Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy, CIGRE Women’s Network and MENTORset (Women’s Engineering Society). We also encourage you to join us for our open events and meet your peers to gain support and to also look for ways to enhance your career development through your professional body.

Would you like to become a Mentee?