Mentoring is an invaluable part of the L-APC process. A mentor can help a candidate get the most out of their experiential learning and will provide them with additional support during the Licentiate period.
Mentoring is not a compulsory part of the L-APC and mentors do not need to register with the RTPI. The agreement exists between the Licentiate and the mentor.
Finding a mentor
Licentiates are encouraged to identify their own mentor, as this should more easily facilitate a productive working relationship, and make access to meetings with the mentor more viable. L-APC mentors do not have to be Chartered Town Planners. They may come from the workplace, from networking, or be personally known to you.
Volunteering as a mentor
Mentoring can be a great Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Mentors report learning from Licentiates, and developing coaching skills which are often invaluable in the workplace.
Resources for mentors
Mentors are required to familiarise themselves with the relevant L-APC Guidance and competencies. They are also encouraged to attend L-APC events in their region and to use the Mentoring Advice Note produced for them by the Institute - L-APC Advice Note: Mentoring.
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