Being a Mentor can be many things. In the context of the SIA, our Mentorship Program is about bringing together people who want to share the knowledge and expertise that they have acquired from years in the health and safety profession, with people who want to learn from that experience. We provide this opportunity as just one part of our commitment to the personal and professional development of the people who work in the profession.
There are many different models which describe mentorship and the role of Mentors, and most have value. There are no hard and fast rules; however we identify the following as core principles:
a) Mentors can be seen as coaches, guides, supporters, or peers with additional knowledge to impart.
b) The mentoring relationship focuses on the area that the person being mentored wishes to develop.
c) It is important that the relationship deliver value for both parties.
d) Sometimes, mentoring relationships don’t work. You might find that your schedules, skills or personalities are simply incompatible. If a mentoring relationship does not work satisfactorily for ether party, it can be terminated at any time.
There are no hard and fast rules for the process of mentoring because they are typically determined by concensus between the Mentor and the Mentee.
Nonetheless, the following guidelines provide a useful blueprint for effective mentoring:
Some basic principles:
If the mentoring relationship is not working satisfactorily for ether party, it can be terminated at any time.
The qualities and capabilities of successful mentors
The SIA is seeking mentors who:
You do not become a Mentor by simply putting up your hand.
If you want to apply to be a Mentor, your offer to contribute is greatly appreciated.
It is critical that before applying, you read the materials on this site which relate to roles and responsibilities of Mentors, and get a sense of the type of mentorship program we are running, to ensure that you feel you are the right fit for the program.
To apply, you will need to:
1. Be a current member of the SIA
2. Complete the FULL online application form, including answering ALL questions that form part of the mentor application.
3. Submit your current resume.
4. Be willing to undergo an orientation, and discuss your goals and your understanding of mentorship with our program coordinator.
The SIA is putting its name to this program, and we must conduct our own due diligence. As a result, if we have a concern that you might not be the right fit for the program, we reserve the right to politely decline your offer.
The SIA always welcomes feedback from its members about the products and services on offer to our members.
Feel free to contact us with any ideas, or if you have any concerns, at email@example.com.