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As an employer of ACCA students, you play an important role in ensuring those working towards ACCA or CAT qualifications gain suitable work experience. You also want to get the very best out of your trainees and the role of the workplace mentor is vital to trainees realising their potential within your organisation.

Who is a workplace mentor? 

A workplace mentor oversees trainees’ achievement of performance objectives. Their role is central to a trainee completing their practical experience requirement and achieving their qualifications in accountancy.

A workplace mentor should provide guidance and support to the trainee by:

  • helping identify which performance objectives the trainee should aim to achieve
  • setting timescales and targets for performance
  • providing access to appropriate work experience and other development opportunities
  • evaluating and reviewing their progress on a regular basis
  • signing off performance objectives that the trainee has achieved.

To find out more about becoming a workplace mentor and how it can benefit you, download the documents from the Related documents box at the bottom of this page.

The pages in this section include ACCA support and resources to help you with the practicalities of being a workplace mentor and fulfilling the role of a mentor including useful case studies and guidance sheets. 

Please note: If a trainee’s workplace mentor is not a qualified accountant or auditor, then the trainee must find a ’training supervisor’ to sign their PER record.  The training supervisor must be a qualified accountant or auditor. The resources held in this section are suitable for both workplace mentors and training supervisors. 


Last updated: 17 Jan 2014