SWA forges ahead with mentoring initiative

Prospective candidates and mentors are being invited to apply for the Scottish Wholesale Association’s (SWA) new mentoring programme.

Launched in June at the SWA’s annual conference, the programme aims to improve skills and nurture emerging talent within the Scottish wholesale industry. Employees currently working in the buying, sales and management are eligible to apply and, if successful, will be matched with a suitable mentor.

SWA president George Benson said: “What we want to do is identify talent and retain that talent within our industry. Investing in our people builds trust and helps achieve better results, and we need the right people with the right attitude and the right skills to create a truly world-class industry in order to remain ahead of the game. The return on investment for wholesalers will also be evident as they see their managers develop and grow,” he added.

Mentoring will continue for 12 months after which candidates will have the opportunity of working towards a professional qualification via the SWA’s Training Programme.

Meanwhile, mentors are also being sought from within and outside the wholesale industry. They will be selected based on relevant experience and achievements within their industry/areas of expertise.

The SWA has created the mentoring programme in collaboration with its training partner, 121 HR Solutions, which will govern and supervise the initiative.

Application forms and further information can be found on the SWA website at: www.scottishwholesale.co.uk

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