Interested in Coaching and Mentoring?

Would you like to either train as a Coach-Mentor or would you like to access free Coaching and Mentoring for yourself?

Coaching and Mentoring present great opportunities to reflect and review your own experience whilst helping others to develop and grow.

What is the difference between Coaching and Mentoring?
A Definition of Coaching

Coaching aims to produce optimal performance and improvement at work.  Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing facilitation and guidance.  It is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the 'here and now' rather than on the distant past or future.

Coaching is considered a non-directive form of development and can have both organisational and individual goals, but the emphasis is on performance in the workplace 

A Definition of Mentoring

Mentoring is a learning relationship, generally focused on long term career development. The primary purpose is to drive personal growth, building skills, knowledge and understanding. Mentoring in the workplace tends to describe a relationship in which a more experienced colleague shares their greater knowledge to support the development of an inexperienced member of staff.

Mentors may use coaching skills in their conversations, but usually the mentor role is wider than that of a coach and may include opening doors, making connections and sharing experiences.

Differences between Mentoring and Coaching



Ongoing relationship that can last a long time

Relationship is usually of a short duration

Can be more informal and meetings can take place as and when the mentee needs advice, guidance or support

Generally, more structured in nature and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis

More long term and takes a broader view of the person

Short term (Sometimes time bound) and focused on specific development areas/issues

Mentor is usually more experienced and qualified than the Mentee.  Often the Senior person in the organisation who can pass on knowledge, experience and open doors to otherwise out of-reach opportunities

Coaching is generally not performed on the basis that the coach needs to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role, unless the coaching is specific and skills focused

Focus is on career and personal development

Focus is generally on development/issues at work

Agenda is set by the mentee with the mentor providing support and guidance to prepare for future roles

The agenda is focused on achieving specific immediate goals

Mentoring revolves more around developing the mentee professionally

Coaching revolves more around specific development areas/issues

‘Coaching and Buying Coaching Services’ CIPD Jessica Jarvis

Adapted from ‘The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr (2003) Pearson Education Ltd

Terminology is often used interchangeably which can make it confusing, but both processes can be a great opportunity to reflect and review your own experience whilst helping others to develop and grow.

Multi-professional Coaching is now available for ALL.
  • Would you like to train as a Coach? 
  • Would you like to help fellow professionals grow and develop?
  • Would you like to work with them through career and other tough challenges they face?
  • Would you like to bring new dimensions of focus and accountability to consultations and appraisals?

Contact the Surrey Training Hub team to find out more about training opportunities. All coaches and mentors receive a fee for each completed session plus supervision and updates.  

Are you looking for some coaching??

You can access the services of a choice of coaches and mentors, and be supported in confidence fully funded by your local training hub for up to 4 sessions.

Coaching and mentoring can help you to:

  • Increase your motivation
  • Improve your work-life balance
  • Manage transitions positively
  • Enhance your leadership skills

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