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 AIHS Mentorship Program and Introduce our New Program Platform
The value of having a Mentor is widely recognised; it is a relationship built on mutual trust, respect and communication. Mentors involved in the AIHS Mentorship Program are experienced members of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety, 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 AIHS 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 AIHS 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.
Introduce our New Program Platform
In April 2020, the AIHS College of Fellows established a new Mentoring Committee to review the performance and the take-up of the current AIHS Mentoring Program. This has provided an opportunity for the committee to identify and implement improvements to the mentoring program, to ensure its availability and value for all AIHS members, and to increase its uptake.
The new mentoring platform we will be using is Mentorloop, which has an intuitive and user-friendly interface for participants to use. It provides a confidential communication hub for mentors and mentees to connect. Mentees can set goals within the program and celebrate when the goals are achieved. The AIHS new mentoring program will be run by cohorts. The first cohort will start on 1 February 2021. Registrations for the first cohort will open after the program webinar (members only) on Wed 2 Dec 2020. For more details and register for the webinar, please go to our website here.
We strongly encourage all the AIHS members who are willing to share their experience and who wish to learn to sign up with the new program, which provides a great opportunity for members to connect with each other. Please check our Program FAQ to get further details.