Learners' impact stories - coaching and mentoring

11 Mar 2022 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 15 Mar 2022

NICVA  has been delivering ILM level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for many years and has trained hundreds of coaches and mentors in that time. In this article we hear from those who have completed their qualification.

We asked Stevie Johnston from Eastside Partnership and Clare Hegarty from Lean in Newry to tell us about how they have used their learning from the ILM Coaching and Mentoring course.

Why did you decide to do the course?

Stevie: I have been working as a coach and felt this was a great opportunity to build on my skillset, get additional accreditation and be in connection with others doing similar work.

Clare: I wanted to enhance my coaching skills to ensure I was serving my clients in the best possible way to achieve change

How has it impacted your work role and organisation?

Stevie: This has enabled me to become part of the East Belfast Community Coaching Network which is doing fantastic work in supporting both individuals and groups bring about change and growth locally.

Clare:  With this course, I learned some essential coaching techniques which have helped me in fully supporting my clients. One of the key takeaways for me was that the coaching conversation is a skilled and technical process, built on rapport and trust, hearing and listening, responding and supporting the client to unleash their own potential to change. The course has had a hugely positive impact on my work, and my clients.

What did you enjoy the most?

Stevie: Working in trios (coach, coachee and observer) really helped me learn more about my skills as a coach and areas for growth. It was also a great way to support others in their learning journey.

Clare: The structure and content of the sessions delivered by our trainer were excellent, well-paced, thought-provoking content, with an opportunity to ask questions and have discussions in a group setting. Appreciated the opportunity to practice coaching skills in break-out rooms each week, as this consolidated learning as well as allowing us to learn from our peers.

The Coaching and Mentoring programme is a great way to develop your skills so that you can support others to maximise their potential.

Stevie Johnston.

If you want learn more about the course and to book your place on the next course starting on 1 April click here. NICVA training is for those that work or volunteer in the voluntary and community sector in NI. You can also contact Roisin Kelly if you have any questions.

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by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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