Mentees wanted!

Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales is recruiting a cohort of 25 aspiring women to take part in a mentoring scheme to get more women, and more diverse women, into public and political life.

If you are a woman looking to develop or further a career in politics or public life then this could be the scheme for you.

Closing date for applications is 24th February, 18:00.

Taking part will enable you to develop your political skills and increase the impact and influence you can have on political and public life through mentoring from one of a number of highly influential women along with bespoke training and peer group support.

The scheme includes time spent in the Welsh Assembly, learning about how the Assembly and political parties work and how to get selected as a candidate, hearing about how to be a trustee and be more active in public life. A series of networking and other events will aim to train and further develop the core skills required to be effective in public or political life.

We’re now inviting applications from women across Wales. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear interest in politics and public life and a commitment to their own and others’ development.

This scheme is open to all women – we want to hear from you and improve the representation and diversity of women in Welsh public life.

The scheme will run from April 2019 to December 2019.

If selected, you will be required to attend workshops on the following dates:
3 April 2019. Launch Event: 10am-4pm | Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
Meet fellow mentees, induction to the scheme, meet some of the mentors and hear from inspiring women.
15 May 2019. Welsh politics and decision making: 10am-4pm | Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay
Learn about the Welsh Assembly and how it works, meet an AM and observe plenary in the chamber.
7 June 2019. Campaigning: 10am-4pm | Sarn Mynach, Llandudno Junction, Conwy LL31 9RZ
Learn how to make change happen as an independent campaigner and as a politician; and advice on campaigning to stand for election.
10 July 2019. Public Life &; Speed Networking: 10am-4pm | Senedd, Welsh Assembly, Cardiff Bay
Learn about the role and responsibilities of being on a board and the types of boards out there; and take part in a speed networking event meeting influential women in Wales.

Additional workshops will be scheduled from 2019 which will cover:

< Public speaking and media training.
< Visit to the Houses of Parliament: meeting with MP’s and members of the House of Lords; a tour of Parliament, and time to observe activities within the Commons Chamber.
< Meeting with and contact with your mentor will be as and when you want to arrange it and can be
very flexible.

Successful applicants will be expected to:

< attend a minimum of 4 workshop events
< undertake some additional activities/tasks in readiness for workshops
< engage with their mentors every 4-6 weeks
< cover their own expenses to attend sessions
< complete evaluation forms after events and throughout the course of the scheme

*Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales, is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist women living in Wales with travel, support and/or accommodation costs. The bursaries are to enable women, to attend WEN mentoring events and to meet with their mentors, if they were not otherwise able to attend.

Apply now

Apply for the Mentoring programme: Application form 2019

Download our skills framework: WEN Wales Skills Framework 2019

Download our Bursary Application form: WEN Mentoring Bursary Application – English,

If you require a word version of our application form, for further information or if you have any
queries, please contact Chrissie Nicholls, Mentoring Project Manager via mentoring@wenwales.org.uk.

Closing date: Sunday, 24 February 2019, 1800


Your application will be assessed, and you will be notified week commencing 18 March if you have
been successful.

If successful, your areas of interest, experience and geographical location will be used to match you
to the most appropriate mentor.

Please hold the dates identified to enable your attendance at workshops.