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:       Nicole Walker
               Membership Services Manager

Email:     admin
Phone:    02 9955 1744


Mentoring Shoja was a very rewarding experience as it made me realise how much of a positive impact imparting some of my knowledge and experience in the industry can have on a developing engineer. If you have the chance to undertake this program, as a mentor or mentee, I definitely recommend it.

Sherard Northey – Company Member
Principal Represenative - Mentor

Through the  mentorship program and Sherard's wealth of experience, I had the opportunity to learn and apply various industrial skills, that have added values to my professional development”.

Shoja Jamali – 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.

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

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.

NSW – A Engineering Geophysicist working on concrete NDT, pile and foundation testing, geophysical surveys and general concrete scanning. Looking to learn more about concrete structures and loading and better understand geotechnical processes relating to foundations, piles and geology. Based in western Sydney.

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. Based in Adelaide.

VIC – A civil engineer who has recently started their own structural and civil consulting firm and is responsible for all aspects of the business including engineering design, business management and client relations. Looking for an engineer with experience in concrete design and modelling of high rise structures, business management, strategic planning, leadership skills and experience in running/managing a team of engineers. Based in Somerville.


Mentors looking for Mentees

QLD – A Business Development & Engineering Manager for an ASX listed company with diversified business operations in quarrying, cement, concrete, reinforcing steel, transport, composite fibre technology products and contracting.  Over 27 years experience in the concrete industry including project management, tender submission, overseas joint venture and market development, product development.  Based in Brisbane

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.

WA – A Business Development Manager with a B.Eng (civil) and MBA and over 40 years years experience in the concrete industry. Extensive experience in precast and involved in all facets of product development. Currently running estimating department. Based in Perth.

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.