Mentors are experienced professionals who guide participants during their professional practice experience ('BEP').
Participation in the BEP is only possible if the participant has a mentor who works in the same discipline as the participant. The mentor must also have been registered for at least three years in the Architect's Register for the same discipline as the participant. Usually the BEP lasts approximately two years. Ideally, a mentor supervises a participant's entire BEP. The time that this takes and the frequency and manner of consultation are mutually coordinated by the mentor and participant.
The mentor may be a colleague or the participant's employer, but this is not required. The mentor and participant may also have different employers or be self-employed. In that case, the mentor is an outside mentor.
Being a mentor provides a lot of inspiration and is an excellent opportunity to guide young professionals in their development. The mentor is expected to complete a mentor statement at the request of the participant. The participant needs this mentor statement to be able to request the initial interview and to formally start the BEP. For this, the participant must also draw up a personal development plan ('POP'). It is expected that the participant will also discuss the POP with the mentor and that the mentor will advise how the POP can be optimized.
Participants in the independent route have three meetings with their committee. The mentor is expected to be present at the first two meetings and to fill in an evaluation form and give it to the participant prior to the last two meetings. These evaluations are part of the discussions and the assessment of the participant. Momentarily meetings are take place via 'Teams' until further notice.
At the conclusion of a mentorship (for example because of a candidate or mentor changing offices), the mentor is expected to complete an interim evaluation. In order not to put too much burden on the mentor, the mentor does not have to be present at the final meeting. Naturally, the mentor is very welcome to attend the meeting!