Kansas Department of Administration

What is the difference between training and mentoring?

Training is generally delivered according to a predetermined curriculum, with the trainee carrying the burden of meeting the curriculum's deliverables.  Mentoring is a more customized activity, that is Mentee-driven and focuses on the mentee's needs and desires.  In addition, the role of Mentor may be to serve as a "role model," whereas the role of a trainer is generally to deliver specific content without having a "partnership" with the trainee.

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