Mentoring Program


The Concrete Institute of Australia Mentoring Program pairs experienced Members in the concrete industry with Members with less experience, and provides an opportunity for both parties to expand their professional development and industry knowledge.

While the primary goal of the program is to increase the knowledge and development of the Mentee, the Mentoring Relationship is a two way relationship and Mentors also have the opportunity to learn from their Mentees.

Who Can Participate?

The Concrete Institute of Australia Mentoring Program is open to all interested parties from within the Membership.  It is open to Individual, Individual Young, Retired, Life and Honorary Members as well as all listed Representative Members of Company and Academic Members.  The Mentoring Program is not open to Student Members.
There are no age restrictions on being a Mentor or a Mentee.  Pairings are based on the Mentors ability to assist the Mentee to achieve their goals.  It may be the case that the Mentor is younger or of a similar age to the Mentee.


What’s in it for the Mentor?
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Exposure to new ideas and concepts
  • Widen professional network
  • Satisfaction from being able to contribute to the development of emerging industry professionals through the sharing of experience and knowledge
  • Earn CPD Points
What’s in it for the Mentee?
  • Increase understanding of the concrete construction industry
  • Develop communication skills
  • Assistance with goal setting and career development
  • Widen professional network
  • Build professional confidence and self-esteem
  • Earn CPD Points

Application, Matching & Evaluation Processes
All prospective Mentors must complete an application on the prescribed form outlining their experience and areas of expertise, including previous mentoring experience.  They also need to indicate their availability regarding time and locations.
All prospective Mentees must also complete an application on the prescribed form outlining the areas they wish to expand their knowledge in, and the goals they are looking to achieve.  They also need to provide details of their experience and areas of expertise as well as their availability regarding time and locations.
Pairs are matched by the Mentoring Program Sub Committee which endeavours to ensure that Mentees are paired with Mentors who have the knowledge and experience to assist the Mentee to achieve their goals, while taking into account the location and availability of each party.
Each party in the Mentoring Relationship is required to complete an evaluation form after 6 months and again after 12 months.

What is the Time Commitment?
Prior to pairing, Mentors and Mentees are required to undertake an induction process which will outline the program goals and processes.  This will be conducted via a short 13 minute webinar.
Once paired Mentors and Mentees will need to enter into a Mentoring Agreement which will specify the agreed level of contact, and note that each party will need to commit to a 12 month Mentoring Relationship.  The Institute recommends a contact schedule of:
  • Induction webinar (compulsory)
  • Face to face meetings every 6-8 weeks (approx. 1 hour) at mutually agreed locations
  • Phone contact every 2-4 weeks
  • Email contact on an ad hoc basis
Mentoring Agreement
As with all relationships successful Mentoring requires a genuine commitment to the relationship from both parties and must be based on trust, respect and open communication.

Mentors and Mentees are required to discuss and enter into a Mentoring Agreement which specifies the goals, ground rules and expectations of the Mentoring Relationship with the intent of reducing the possibility of misunderstanding.
The Mentoring Agreement will outline the proposed:
  • Mentee goals
  • Mentor goals
  • Ideas on how goals will achieved and success will be measured
  • Duration of the relationship (12 months)
  • Frequency and methods of contact
  • Meeting logistics
  • Confidentiality requirements
Either party may dissolve the Mentoring Relationship at any time however the Institute encourages the parties to discuss, and attempt to resolve, any issues that may arise.
Related Documents

More information
For more information please contact the Program Coordinator:
Attn:       Duncan Miller
               Membership Services Manager

[email protected]
Phone:    02 9955 1744


“Participation in the Mentoring Program has given me the opportunity to give something back to an industry that has given me so much and to directly contribute to the professional development of a young industry professional like Matthew is very satisfying.”
Barry Crisp – Life Member - Mentor

“To have an opportunity to learn one on one from someone with the experience and reputation of Barry is something that I think will be invaluable to my future success in the industry.”
Matthew Ljujic – Individual Member - Mentee


Mentees looking for Mentors

NSW – Director of company providing shoring wall systems with seven years experience in the concrete industry. Involved in sales, marketing and project management of contracts. Looking to gain a greater understanding of engineering practices for concrete products preferably with an engineer specialising in foundations and shoring. Based in Sydney.

WA –Business Development Partner for leading admixture supplier with 0.5 years experience in the concrete industry. Looking to expand knowledge of the civil/structural industry and to widen professional network. Wanting to be paired with a remediation specialist. Based in Cooloongup WA.

NSW – Former lecturer and supervisor of undergraduate and post graduate civil engineering students specialising in cementitious and cement based materials.  New to the Australian industry and looking to learn about the local market and gain experience in contract and project management.  Based in Sydney.

NSW – Consultant Structural Engineer with five years experience in the concrete industry working on structural inspections as well as research work with UoW.  Looking to get a better understanding of the commercial side of engineering and improve knowledge of structural analysis and design. Based in Wollongong/South Coast.

QLD - A graduate engineer with two years experience in the construction industry and pursuing EA Chartership. Friendly, professional and eager to learn. Looking to learn more about concrete design, specifically tilt-up design, bracing, lifting and connections. Based on the Gold Coast but prepared to travel.

NSW – A structural engineer with three years experience in the concrete industry assisting in reviewing and developing design solutions for development projects.  Looking for assistance in understanding current industry trends and employer expectations as well as improving their knowledge of structural analysis and design.  Based in Newcastle.

SA – A Customer Technical Support Engineer working for a materials supplier supporting customers in technical matters related to cement, lime and dry mixed cementitious products.  Responsible for customer product complaints and technical analysis of cement and concrete performance.  Looking to advance their understanding of concrete technology and learn experience based tasks such as concrete mix design and rules of thumb that can be applied to current role with an engineer with experience in consulting engineering or constructions materials supply, who has had exposure to concrete specification design in a range of circumstances.

SA – Working in a well-established electrical company as primary designer preparing designs for substations including steel column posts, pile footings for pad footings for gantries and terminal towers.  Looking to establish professional relationships, increase knowledge of PT slab design, career planning advice with an engineer with CPEng with experience in mid to high-rise structures with PT slabs and knowledge of the Adelaide concrete/construction industry.

VIC - A civil engineering with three years experience in the concrete industry looking to increase technical skills, project exposure to concrete buildings, bridges and infrastructure and gain design skills.  Seeking a mentor who can assist with career direction, more knowledge of the industry and honest feedback about strengths/weaknesses and areas of improvement.  Based in Melbourne.

Mentors looking for Mentees

VIC – Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute with 47 years experience in the concrete industry. Involved in the production of CIA and fib documents on durability. Expertise in precast, mix design, batching and curing as well as providing concrete technology training. Based in Melbourne.

VIC - A structural engineer with 47 years experience in structural design (concrete & steel).  Operating an independent consultancy for 28 years providing engineering design services especially the checking and review of other work and providing solutions for more difficult problems.  A passion for engineering based on the first principles of physics and chemistry.  Based in Ballan and primarily working in Melbourne.

VIC - Retired consulting engineer and Life Member of the Institute with over 50 years experience in the concrete industry.  Extensive experience in planning and managing projects as well as managing people.  Based in Melbourne

If you would like to be involved in the Mentoring Program and feel you would be a good match for one of the people listed above please contact the Program Coordinator.