Professional Development Learning
Mentoring ProgramAITD's Mentoring Program brings together experienced and successful professionals with AITD members who are looking to develop their skills and careers. Knowledge sharing, advice, reflection - together, these elements become professional development that supports the participants to grow and reach their potential.
In 2016 AITD will be offering a mentoring program to members across Australia.
AITD members include: Trainers; Learning & Development professionals; Instructional Designers; Organisational Development professionals; E-Learning developers; Facilitators; Assessors; Consultants; Teachers; Chief Learning Officers and more.
Mentors are AITD members who are experienced and successful professionals.They must be ethical, reflective, knowledgeable, supportive, trustworthy, open to learn and available.
Mentees are AITD members who may be new to the profession or wanting to move into a different or more senior role. They must be teachable, willing to listen, open to change, reflective, committed, flexible, motivated.
Both people will benefit from the mentoring relationship. The old “guru instructs novice” model has matured into a more mutual “two way street” where both are willing to listen and learn.
Typically the mentor will benefit from...
- Developing their mentoring skills - giving feedback, communication
- Exposure to emerging issues
- Making a meaningful contribution to AITD and the training and development profession
The mentee will benefit from...
- The wisdom, knowledge and expertise of the mentor
- An expanded professional network
- Improving communication and interpersonal skills
- Setting and working towards goals
- Identifying growth targets
- Career guidance
- Building confidence
- Intentional reflection
Participation in the AITD Mentoring Program will be recognised through a certificate and a digital badge.
How does AITD’s Mentoring Program Work?
The AITD Mentoring Program will open for applications from 1 December 2015 to 31 January 2016. Applications received after this date will be placed on an Expression of Interest list for 2017.
A limited number of pairs in each State/Territory will created each year. There may be more applications than available places, which will give AITD an opportunity to carefully match mentors and mentees.
The commencement event will be in late March/early April and will mark the beginning of the mentoring relationships, mentors and mentees will meet at least monthly, for an hour, over 6 months, concluding in October 2016. A closing event will be held in November 2016 to celebrate and evaluate the program.
The format of the mentoring meetings and other contact will be agreed between the participants - email, face-to-face, social media, phone, Skype. A mid-program survey will be sent out in July to see how things are moving as well as monthly emails. At the end of the program participants will be asked to submit to AITD an e-portfolio in written, visual or multimedia format.
In late 2016 Expressions of Interest will open for the next program.
I'm interested. What do I do next?
Applications are now open for mentors and mentees for the 2016 program. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2016.
Apply online at the following links:
What is the cost of the program?
To secure a place in the AITD mentoring program, mentees will pay $300 (inc GST) upon acceptance of their application to the program. Program participation also includes a $100 voucher for use in attending other AITD courses or conference to further the mentee's professional development. There is no cost to be a mentor, their involvement is voluntary.
For more information about the AITD Mentoring Program please download the Mentoring Program Guidelines or contact Neil Von Heupt by email or telephone on 02 9211 9414.
Testimonials from 2015 Mentoring Program Participants
“Terrific opportunity to extend expertise with another motivated L&D professional. Whether you're the mentor or the mentee, you'll get something from this program”. - Chemene Sinson, mentor.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentee. The flexibility of the program meant that we were able to let topics and subjects flow organically. Being a mentor has helped to refocus my own L&D practice as well as supporting a real up and coming talent.” - Louise Hope, mentor
“The AITD mentoring program allowed for me to share knowledge and reflect with my mentee. This created opportunities to learn about current trends and challenges within the L & D sector. We had a focus on workplace cultures and behavioural change. However, this was a two way learning journey that included self-awareness, coaching and lots of positivity!” - Shawna Murray, mentor
"The mentoring program facilitated by the AITD this year was another
sign that the Institute is progressing towards a new era. As a mentor I
found the support from the AITD staff to be supportive and, more
importantly, timely. I had everything that I needed, when I needed it,
and presented in a way which suited my needs. I hope that the Institute
continues to offer this service as this part of its ongoing
professionalisation program." - Dr Phil Rutherford, mentor
“Being part of the AITD mentoring program has given me the confidence and self belief to know that I’m doing things I should be proud of” - Mentee
“It has taken me outside of my comfort zone and given me the confidence to put my L&D VET knowledge into practice.” - Mentee
A brief video from Robin Mitchell and Michelle Ockers about their experience of the AITD Mentoring Program:
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