Cover Story

4th June 1999 at 01:00
According to Greek mythology,Mentor was a faithful friend of Odysseus. Athene assumes his form when she accompanies Telemachus as a guide and adviser in his search for his father. David Blunkett today hopes to succeed where Odysseus failed. Mentoring often suffers from the problem of the "singer not the song" - excellent schemes founder when inspirational people move on.

Yet many companies offeringmentoring have not only helped to raise young people's achievement, they have also transformed their own working practices.

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