Are you seeking to be mentored?
Are you working in the WHS/OHS field and looking for opportunities to be more connected? Do you want to develop insights and understanding which will help you grow personally and professionally?
Are you seeking to be a Mentor?
Do you want to share your knowledge and experience, and contribute to the development of emerging WHS professionals and practitioners through the creation of meaningful, productive mentoring relationships?
Welcome to the SIA Mentorship Program
The value of having a Mentor is widely recognised; it is a relationship built on mutual trust, respect and communication. Mentors involved in the SIA Mentorship Program are experienced members of the Safety Institute of Australia, who are willing to support and encourage the personal and professional development of others in the safety profession. This will be achieved through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and professional experience.
We expect our SIA Mentors to listen; to be honest with feedback; and to provide relevant and appropriate support for professional development and career planning.
Normally, mentoring involves both the Mentor and the Mentee (ie. the person being mentored) meeting regularly to exchange ideas, discuss progress and set goals for further development. This can be undertaken via any agreed communications methods, including face-to-face meetings and Skype conferences. Mentoring relationships may be short, medium or long-term. Consultations may involve regular or irregular meetings, conducted in person or via social media platforms; it’s all up to the Mentor and the Mentee.
People who seek to be mentored can select a Mentor from a list of people who have formally expressed interest in acting as a Mentor. Each prospective Mentor goes through an orientation process that clarifies the elements of the mentor role. Each Mentor is asked to identify the area(s) of expertise in which they feel they have the most to offer. This expertise may be technical, industry specific, or concentrated on specialist knowledge and experience, such as management, leadership, career planning or relationship management. It is important to understand that, although the SIA conducts an orientation process for Mentors, and seeks to ensure that each Mentor has the skills and capabilities to make a worthwhile contribution, it is up to the participants to decide who to choose, and how that mentor relationship is expressed.