The evening of 28 January 2009, at the SIA National Office, saw the commencement of the 2009 Graduate Support Program, and with fourteen mentors overcoming the present heat wave to get to mentor training, their commitment is inspirational.
Like all great mentor programs, our training is without doubt an advantage and will empower mentors to work with their graduates for the most effective and efficient outcomes. This is a SIA Victoria Division initiative that, subject to SIA National Board of Management approval, could be introduced nationally.
Facilitated by Debra Burlington, CEO of Enhance Solutions, the mentor training night was packed with innovative information and workshops. Debra, as a certified NLP Practitioner, led the team through the complexities that can arise in a mentor / graduate relationship and motivated us all to think "outside the square" when working with graduates on their objectives.
One participant had this to say "...a great presenter - thought provoking. I have done a mentor program before but it wasn't so structured...thanks".
The SIA Graduate Support Program has indeed been enthusiastically embraced as it now comprises 29 Mentors and 19 Graduates, and more are expected to join as 2009 gets underway.
To ensure our current graduates get a kick-start into their support period we have arranged another evening on February 11th for the mentors to formally meet them and commence work on their goals and actions using the Career Planner provided.
Mentor support is also a highly important element and we have arranged a support program for them as well as a minimum of three special free forums throughout the year to get together with other mentors and graduates. A safety tour of the "Avalon 2009" International Airshow and Trade Exposition, will be the first.
A winning ingredient which sees the SIA promoting professionalism within the industry at large is in the fact that graduates do not need to be members of the Institute to enroll in the program.
If you are a CPMSIA or higher and would like to get involved in the program as a mentor, or if you know of a recent OHS graduate who may like to link to a mentor, contact the Program Co-ordinator Niven Neyland on 0410 147 977 or go to www.sia.org.au to sign up.