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A groundbreaking HR mentoring scheme specifically for the media entertainment and retail sectors , developed by industry specialists Handle Recruitment has drawn praise from participants including Sony Pictures Entertainment and ASOS.

The initiative was launched last year and involves HR professionals from the media and entertainment sector including ASOS, Cath Kidston, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Trip Advisor, BBC Worldwide and Turner Broadcasting. The HR mentoring scheme facilitates industry professionals offering each other developmental guidance in order to make a real difference to the progression of HR talent within the industry. The programme introduces a new group of mentors and mentees every few months. Handle Recruitment manages all aspects of the scheme, including sourcing and screening participants, providing guidance and training for all parties, facilitating mentoring events and providing the all-important matching service.

”Sarah Foll is Learning & Development Director at Sony Pictures Entertainment and says: “I heard of the scheme through a colleague – my functional boss is US based and so being able to have someone external to Sony who I could talk to not just about current projects – but also my career development – was really attractive. Getting the perspective of someone else within the same industry but outside the company to bounce ideas off is really useful.”

Louisa Fryer ,Learning & Development Partner at ASOS, agrees: “I found out about the scheme through a colleague as ASOS and thought it was a great way of learning from an experienced and senior HR professional outside my own company who would be able to share a different perspective. I’ve been able to access work related advice and support from someone who is more experienced but who can also relate to my professional journey so far. It’s great for people who are experiencing new opportunities and challenges in their role and who need extra support during that ‘stretch’ phase.

Gill Bell, HR Director of Handle Recruitment, who developed the scheme said: “The scheme has been a great success – it is the first of its kind and our clients really feel like we are adding value to their businesses. We interview all potential mentors to identify areas of specialist knowledge to ensure a good match. There is also a confidentiality and non poaching agreement in place to encourage a free flow of information between mentor and mentee”.


Tracey Dunn
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