For grantees

Peer mentoring programme 2022: Kick-off workshop

Do you need sparring partners with whom you could discuss various work-related issues? Have you ever considered how best to plan your work? Where to get support when you are low on motivation? How to combine work and leisure time, and how to know what is sufficient? In the peer mentoring programme organised for grant recipients by Kone Foundation, the participants work together in groups on jointly agreed topics within a jointly established schedule. The new mentoring season is kicked off with a joint Zoom workshop on Wednesday, 2 March from 1 to 4 p.m.

Previous groups have received support for project management, self-management, promoting practical work, balancing work and leisure time, and coping with the sense of uncertainty typical in the early stages of a person’s career. Peer mentoring provides you encouragement and support for your work, and a possibility to share your experiences and insights with others – with a low threshold, as an equal discussion partner.

About the mentoring process in 2022

The peer mentoring programme is primarily aimed at grantees in the early stages of their careers, but those further along in their careers are also welcome. Mentoring takes place in groups of 3–4 people, and the aim is to form the groups in such a way that the members share similar questions and hopes. You do not need to know anything about peer mentoring in advance – it’s enough that you are a Kone Foundation grant recipient, interested in the topic and want to achieve meaningful development in your work.

The mentoring process will continue until the end of October. Shared meetings consist of a kick-off meeting, two intermediate meetings and a final meeting. Between the shared meetings, the groups work independently and meet about once a month. Please mark the dates of the shared meetings in your calendar already at this stage!

Programme schedule:

  • Kick-off workshop on 2 March, from 1 to 4 p.m. (all together)
  • 1st intermediate meetings on 4 and 5 May, from 1 to 3 p.m. (half of the groups/day)
  • 2nd intermediate meetings on 17 and 18 August, from 1 to 3 p.m. (half of the groups/day)
  • Final meeting on 26 October, from 1 to 4 p.m. (all together)

Between the shared meetings, the groups work independently and agree on their schedules.

The language of the joint meetings is English, and the language to be used in the groups can be selected according to the participants.

We hope that everyone participating in the programme will take part in the kick-off event.

Kick-off workshop programme

Time: Wed, 2 March from 1 to 4 p.m.
Place: Zoom video meeting, a link will be sent to the participants by email. (Please, see your junk mail, if you haven’t received the link.)

13.00–13.10 Welcoming words: Kalle Korhonen, Director of Funding, Kone Foundation
13.10–14.00 Welcome to the Peer mentoring programme & Introduction: Minna-Rosa Kanniainen, Tevere Oy

  • The mentoring process and programme 2022
  • What is mentoring, and peer mentoring as a form of mentoring
  • The corner stones of mentoring: goals, trust and interaction in a group

14.00–14.10 Break
14.10–14.30 Introduction continues

  • What do we commit to: participants’ responsibililty for the group
  • The mentoring contract and the group ”rules of the game”

14.30–15.15 Writing the mentoring contract in the mentoring groups
15.15–15.25 Break
15.25–16.00 Questions, concrete tips and summary

You can prepare for the kick-off workshop by thinking about what kind of support in your work you are most in need of at the moment, and in which topics. Tell us about your wishes on the registration form!

The peer mentoring programme is led by coach and trainer Minna-Rosa Kanniainen, who has several years of experience in mentoring programmes and training new mentors.

The programme can take 60 participants.


Registration ends on 15 February.

Our events are discrimination-free, with zero tolerance for racism, sexism, discrimination based on disability or health status (ableism), transphobia and homophobia in their broader meaning.