The term mentoring is used to describe a partnership that occurs between two people, which gives individuals the opportunity to share their professional and interpersonal skills as well as experience.
Traditionally, the individual learning as part of the mentorship was known as the apprentice, protégé (male) or protégée (female) or mentee. The mentoring relationship is based upon support, helpful feedback, honesty, trust, respect, and an enthusiasm to learn and share.
Formal mentoring programs are becoming more popular in larger organizations since it enables the sharing of best practices and the spread of intellectual capital throughout an enterprise. Structures of these programs may include: