Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program

Training Overview and Course Description

Manager mentoring an employeeMentoring and medicine are the two oldest helping professions in the world.

Today, in the spirit of the ancient mentoring tradition, companies are developing formal, in-house programs to permit managers and executives to mentor aspiring workers. These internal mentoring programs minimize reliance on external coaches and mentors.

Putting together an internal mentoring program takes time, careful planning, and thoughtful preparation. We have designed this course to give you the tools, direction, and insight you need to implement a successful mentoring structure.

Dr. Mike Armour, who conducts this training, has long helped organizations bring mentoring programs to maturity. Among these organizations have been family-owned enterprises, non-profits, closely-held private corporations, and even a Fortune 100 company.

From that experience he builds this training around best practices in creating a robust mentoring tradition within an organization.

Special note:

This training is a natural adjunct to our course on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives, which (as its name implies) aims at developing personal mentoring skills. By contrast, this training centers on the actual design and management of a mentoring program. For organizations wanting to build an effective mentoring effort, we recommend a combination package which includes both courses.


We gladly tailor all of our trainings to the specific needs of your organization. Customization is included in the standard fee.

Training Location:

Delivered worldwide as an in-house, off-site, or conference program. Presentations offered in English only.


Based on your needs and scheduling requirements, we can deliver Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program as a one-day presentation or in two half-days. In North America the half-days do not need to be consecutive.

Standard Fee:

The standard fee is all-inclusive. It covers pre-event coordination, customization, post-event evaluations, handouts, notebooks, participant materials, and incidental expenseses. (A slight additional charge may be incurred for more than 15 participant notebooks.) There is generally no travel fee for trainings in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In North America: $2750
Outside of North America: $3250


PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, case studies, small-group breakouts, video clips, role plays, planning exercises


We offer a special discounted price when Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program is purchased in combination with our course on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives or when you engage us in a consultancy to help you set up an in-house mentoring program. Contact us for pricing information.

We also provide discounted fees for

  • non-profits and NGOs
  • trainings for multiple groups within a single organization, even at different locations
  • combining several LeaderTrack® training courses into a multi-day or multi-location training

Additional Training Options:

Sample Outline

Here are themes typically covered in Create an Internal Mentoring Program when taught in a multi-day format. Shorter-duration trainings build around a sub-set of these topics. The final outline is always developed in collaboration with the client. And at the client's request, the course may include topics not listed below.

Why internal mentoring programs have become so popular

The three levels of wins which mentoring programs yield

Key considerations in designing a mentoring program

Combining formal and informal mentoring

Who makes a good mentor?

Characteristics of quality mentoring programs

Defining how a mentoring engagement will be structured

  • duration (in weeks or months)
  • frequency of meetings
  • length of individual sessions
  • where sessions will be held
  • range of topics and parameters governing conversations

Confidentiality considerations

The management of a mentoring program

Setting a mentoring calendar

Promoting the program prior to launch

Initial orientation and training of mentors

Periodic refresher training of mentors

On-boarding additional mentors as the program matures

Selecting the personnel to be mentored

Factors to consider in pairing mentors and mentees

Orientation sessions for those selected to be mentored

Securing firm commitments from both mentors and those they mentor

Periodic forums for mentors to share best practices

Reporting requirements for both mentors and mentees

Evaluating the effectiveness of your mentoring program

When to draw on external coaches or mentors

Reading and online resources