Mentorship as a means of developing employee talent: A case of Lecturers in the University of Mines and Technology UMaT-Tarkwa

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The research focused on mentorship as a means of managing the talents of lecturers in the University of Mines and Technology(UMaT). With the current trend of young lecturers joining universities, there is the need to put in place a proper system of induction, training and mentoring to help settle the uncertainties that may lead to loss of confidence and later cause attrition. UMaT is a public university which employs lecturers with high levels of knowledge and talent. For all these to be put to a profitable use, mentoring can be employed.The main objective of the research was therefore, to assess the extent to which mentoring programmes at UMaT, Tarkwa impact on the management of the talents new lecturers come into the University with. The research was an explanatory study. With atotal academic staff population of 101, 83 were chosen as the sample size for the research. The 83 used were made up of 72 mentees and 11 mentors. Questionnaires were mainly used to gather data from randomly sampled respondents. The data collected were analyzed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The research found out that there exists a mentoring programme being guided by a policy. It also came to light that some mentors and mentees did not have copies of the policy guidelines. It was also found from the research that all lecturers had been assigned to professors to mentor them and this was strictly being adhered with. The study again revealed that, mentoring was strictly academic and this greatly impacted on the career of the lecturers. Recommendations such as,the evaluation of the impact of the mentoring on the lecturers of the university, regular policy reviews to reflect the views of the various stakeholders, training of mentors in conflict resolution skills and relationship management were made.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Human Resource and Organizational Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (HRM OPTION). 2014