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:     
member@concreteinstitute.com.au
Phone:    02 9955 1744


TESTIMONIALS:

“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


















 

 

In the first nine months of the program we have matched up nine mentoring pairs who are currently learning and growing through their involvement in the program. What are you waiting for?

Mentees looking for Mentors


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.

VIC - A PhD student looking to become a structural engineer. Organised and creative with strong communication and problem solving skills. Looking to improve their network and build confidence while gaining knowledge of construction practices and design of structures/elements. Based in Melbourne.

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.

VIC – 3rd year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Civil Systems looking to become a structural engineer following completion of Masters. Looking to widen their professional network and for assistance in goal setting and career development. Would prefer a female mentor with experience in civil or structural engineering. Based in Melbourne.
 
NSW – Senior Structural Engineer with seven years experience in the concrete industry working on structural engineering analysis, design and construction service tasks related to residential, commercial and public buildings and transport infrastructure. Looking to improve their communication and interpersonal skills and to get a better understanding of the commercial side of engineering. Based in Sydney.

Mentors looking for Mentees


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.