Mentoring is one of the key support systems provided within the Springboard Program. If you have ever had a mentor, you’ll understand why they are so integral to development. It is an optional component in the program. Discover more about it by reading the information below.
For in-house programs only
One of the key elements of Springboard is the provision of support systems for participants. For some women the program raises challenging questions, other participants may want to check out some minor details and others need a sounding board to try out ideas. One of the options for such support is the inclusion of Mentoring.
Mentors commit to being part of the program for 3 months and then another 3 months following the program. During that time they’ll meet with their participant mentee 3 to 4 times.
Mentoring benefits the participants and develops personal and career enhancing skills for the Mentors. We can provide a targeted workshop to give the mentors you select everything they need to be effective in their role.
- Overview of Springboard
- Mentoring Role and Styles
- Practice and Feedback Sessions
- Handling problematic situations
- What Happens After the program?
Newly selected Mentors are trained in this interactive and skill-building workshop.
For Mentors who have had previous mentor training in the past 2 years, an abridged program is provided.
Contact us to discuss the mentoring option and whether it will enhance your Springboard Program. Click here. Or, call Deb on 0431 535 040.
How Do We Select Mentors?
What do you look for when seeking mentors for Springboard? Good question, and an important one. To make it easy for you, the more ticks a potential mentor has against the points below, the better!
As a potential mentor, are you:
- A woman? (Female mentors enhance the role modeling aspect. Men can be mentors – just ensure they are supportive and aware of gender differences in communication – click here and ask us to send you a short paper explaining these differences)
- Do you support women’s development?
- Are you ‘developmentally’ minded?
- Have you attended a development course?
- Can you commit time to the mentoring sessions?
- Do others consider you open and approachable?
- Do you want to do it?
- Are you prepared to attend a mentoring workshop?
- Will you encourage independence in the participant?
(copyright 2002 Liz Willis and Jenny Daisley)