In setting up a mentoring scheme it is important that a formal scheme has the backing of management. It should be seen as a redistribution of human resource development funds into an alternative yet potentially more effective form of continuing professional development.
Start on a small scale if resources are not forthcoming, prove its effectiveness and then expand. Unfortunately in many cases mentoring is an extra role that goes above and beyond normal job requirements. In some FE Colleges advanced practitioners do have mentoring within their job descriptions but there is often a lack of formal training.