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Home > News > February 2004 > 27-Feb-2004

Coaching and mentoring industry to benefit from landmark project

A groundbreaking project to help the coaching and mentoring industry develop common European standards is already bearing fruit.

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) - created in 2002 to promote industry-wide good practice - began a major research project last summer into the various standards currently used by the coaching and mentoring community.

The project could prove a landmark step for the industry. EMCC Standards Committee chairman Peter Bluckert explains: "At present, the field of coaching and mentoring is unregulated, which means that anyone can practice as a coach or mentor, regardless of experience.

"Our standards research project will help identify the common competencies required for the different types of coaching and mentoring. This in turn could make a useful contribution to the wider debate on the future of standards in the industry."

Project researchers have amassed a huge amount of information from a wide range of professional bodies, coaching and mentoring organisations and independent practitioners and are currently evaluating their findings. A final report is expected later this spring - but the project is already causing a great deal of interest.

"This has already created a real buzz in the coaching and mentoring industry," says Bluckert, who heads Yorkshire-based Peter Bluckert Coaching. "It's sparking debate on standards in a number of forums, and when its results are published will go a long way to further informing that debate."

Members of the coaching and mentoring community can have their say on the industry's future online at sites like the Coaching and Mentoring Network's discussion forum.

"The standards debate will have a great impact on the future of our industry and I would urge anyone with an interest in it to get involved," said Bluckert.

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