Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective

Mentoring for disability in the Civil Service UK

Introduction

Mentoring forms an important part of the Civil Service s bursary scheme, which helps employees with disabilities with their personal and career development. The aim of the scheme, which includes the provision of a mentor from the senior Civil Service, is to give disabled employees the tools with which they can compete more effectively for jobs at higher levels.

The Cabinet Office, which champions and organizes the Civil Service s bursary scheme for employees with disabilities, has two main roles in government. These are to help the Prime Minister and Cabinet reach well-informed decisions on policy and presentation, and to promote measures to modernize and improve the workings of government and Civil Service.

Nurturing disabled talent

The Bursary Scheme for Civil Servants with Disabilities was set up in April 1997 as a response to a report published two years earlier on equal opportunities in the Civil Service. Subsequently, the scheme has been given impetus by the Modernizing Government White Paper which has set targets for improving the under representation of people with disabilities in the senior Civil Service. The scheme is run in partnership with the Leadership Consortium, a project founded by the Prince of Wales Advisory Group on Disability.

The Leadership Consortium s objective is to expand the UK s pool of talent by developing the cream of Britain s six million disabled people . To this end, it offers bursary holders management training and a mentor to offer advice and assistance on career development...

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