Do you want to learn from and be supported by experienced people?
Are you working in the WHS/OHS field and looking for opportunities to be more connected? Have you reached a stage in your career where you need the support from an experienced Mentor? Or do you want to develop insights and understanding which will help you grow personally and professionally?
Do you want to support and teach others what you've learned?
Are you a passionate health and safety professional, who would like to share your wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise with the emerging generation of safety professionals? Do you want to help the emerging WHS professionals and practitioners grow their career through the creation of meaningful, productive mentoring relationships?
Welcome to the AIHS Mentorship Program
As safety professionals, we have a wealth of specialised knowledge. Certain skills and expertise are learned through the hands-on practical experiences of our day-to-day working life, and other skills and knowledge are acquired through learning directly from others who share their knowledge. As part of our ongoing work, we are committed to supporting engagement between members of the profession who want to share their knowledge with others, and those who want to learn from others. Our mentoring program involves bringing people together to work within a framework that ensures both the Mentor and the Mentee can set goals, exchange ideas, and discuss progress for further development. 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.
We use a specialised online platform called Mentorloop, which has an intuitive and user-friendly interface for participants and protects the confidentiality of the interactions. Mentees can set goals within the program and celebrate when the goals are achieved.
We run each program in cohorts that run for 6 month periods, and the current group contains 140 people who are either mentors or mentees. Registrations for the Mentoring program open up twice a year, as we complete some mentoring arrangements from each cohort and add new mentoring partners.
The program is open to AIHS members with limited spots available, so if this interests you and you're not a member, check out the many opportunities that membership provides that will support you in your career, and join your national professional association.
If you want to know more, check our Program FAQ , the AIHS Mentoring Conflict Resolution Process and watch our recent webinar here to get further details. The following resources are available for the current mentors and mentees.
- Reflective Journal - a very helpful self-assessment tool
- The Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring
- Panel discussion: Why is Mentoring so important to our careers now?
- Career planning: A simple way to map out your career ambitions
How do I register to be a mentor or mentee?
We use an online system that supports a cohort of mentors and mentees, and every 6 months we advertise a biannual intake, inviting interested members to express interest, and matching candidates.. Keep your eye out for a special email calling for expressions of interest, between July-September and January- March each year.
FY 22-25 Mentoring Program Strategy
The AIHS College of Fellows Mentoring Committee is working on a strategy to continuously improve the already successful AIHS Mentoring Program. As we are now coming into our third year and halfway through our fourth cohort we thought it was time to consider how we can continuously improve this important offering to AIHS members.
We’ve decided to share with our community what we are working on to keep you up to date and invite any comments you may have. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.