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Mentoring Program

Build on your career performance and professional networks through AHRI’s mentoring program. The program is run exclusively for AHRI members across two intakes each year.

AHRI members can apply to be a mentor or mentee.

AHRI’s mentoring program matches experienced HR professionals with upcoming HR practitioners, HR students and other professionals wanting to transition into an HR role.

Program Overview

Mentoring relationships have a proven effect on performance and personal growth, making them one of the most popular forms of professional development.

AHRI’s mentoring program matches experienced HR professionals (mentors) with upcoming HR practitioners, HR students and other professionals wanting to transition into an HR role (mentees).

The program is made possible through the generous support of AHRI members, who volunteer their time as mentors. In return for their valuable time mentors enjoy the opportunity to give back to the HR community whilst building mentoring and coaching skills.

The program is one of our most popular member benefits and matches 700 pairs annually.

Duration

The program runs for 12 months (except the HR Student Program which is six months and only runs in the April intake).

Applications open approximately three months prior to commencement of the program and close one month prior to the start date.

Once matches are made participants are notified of their new mentoring partner via email.

Program Fees

All participants must be an AHRI member or take out an AHRI membership to be involved in the program.

Mentees (except HR Student mentees) incur a cost of $150 for the 12 month program. There is no charge for mentors and HR student mentees (in the student mentee program) provided you are an AHRI member.  

If you are not currently an AHRI member, but want to explore your membership options and other benefits associated with joining, see become a member.

Benefits of Mentoring

There are many benefits to participating in the AHRI Mentoring Program:

Benefits to the mentor

  • Develop your mentoring skills
  • Give back to the HR profession
  • Stay in touch with emerging issues relevant to less experienced HR practitioners
  • Earn CPD hours
  • Reflect on your own career goals and practices

Benefits to the mentee - HR Professional & New To HR

  • Personalise your professional development
  • Learn from the best in the HR profession
  • Gain an outside perspective to workplace related challenges
  • Enjoy flexibility in how and when you network and learn
  • Target your areas for career development and professional growth

Benefits to the mentee - Students

  • Provides assistance with transitioning from studying to the workplace
  • Helps you identify areas of interest in HR
  • Develops your communication skills
  • Helps you set goals
  • Provides an opportunity to review your CV
  • Helps you prepare for interviews
  • Offers networking opportunities

What is a Mentor?

A mentor in the mentoring program is the person providing the guidance and assistance to the mentee in the areas of HR that they require mentoring in.

What is a Mentee?

A mentee in the mentoring program is the person receiving the guidance and assistance from the mentor in the areas of HR that they require mentoring in.

Want to hear from mentors and mentees about their experience with the program? Read interviews and profiles with past program participants.

How the program works

The AHRI Mentoring Program has three programs for mentees to choose from twice a year. 

Type of ProgramWho should apply?Program duration
HR ProfessionalsHR Professionals with a minimum of 12 months HR experience.  There is no maximum*

*Please note: mentees can be experienced HR professionals at all levels and with any number of years HR experience.  If you feel you have room for improvement or want to progress your career but are not sure if the program is for you please contact mentoring on 03 9918 9297 to discuss.
12 months
New to HRPeople who have recently commenced working in HR (HR Professionals with less than 12 months HR experience)

OR

People who are looking to move into HR but not currently working in this field.  This includes HR Graduates and people wanting to transition from another role into an HR role
12 months
HR Students

(not available in October intake)
AHRI paid student members only. Students must be in their 3rd or final year of HR studies with no previous HR experience.  To apply for student membership visit membership online.

Please note: HR Student mentoring is available in the April intake only.  If you are currently a free  student member, you will need to upgrade to the paid student membership.
6 months
Mentees 

Mentees need to choose the program which best suits them and then complete the online application form. If you are unsure of which program is right for you please email us.

Mentors

Mentors can choose which program/s they would prefer to mentor their mentee/s in when they are completing their online application. The matching committee will do their best to meet these requests but cannot guarantee that a mentor will be matched with a mentee from their preferred category.

Mentors can choose to have one or two mentees per intake. Please consider the time requirement involved in mentoring and ensure there is adequate time to give to more than one mentee. It is recommended to spend at least one hour per month per mentee, but personal requirements should be considered. Many mentoring pairs communicate on a more regular basis than the recommended minimum and this should also be taken into account.


Program Duration

ProgramDurationIntake 1
(April commencement)
Intake 2
(October Commencement)
HR Student6 monthsYesNo
New to HR12 monthsYesYes
HR Professional12 monthsYesYes

The HR Professional and New to HR programs run for 12 months with two intakes commencing annually in April and October.

The HR Student program is a 6 month program with one intake in April each year.


Matches

Matching of mentors and mentees is conducted in each state by AHRI's State Council members and is based on:

  • Location
  • Years of experience
  • Special requirements
  • Industry
  • The participants selection of HR areas for mentoring.

Whilst every effort is made to match participants on their preferences, it is not always possible to get everything from the one mentor. The more information you provide on your application the better we will be able to match you.

Once matching is completed matched pairs will be emailed details of their mentoring partner at commencement of the program. Mentees are asked to contact their mentor to kick start the relationship.

We strongly encourage attending your first meeting / connection, even if you are not sure that your relationship with your mentee/mentor is what you initially wanted. Mentoring is about learning, and expanding your professional horizons, so any relationship that can offer perspective, challenge, constructive conversations and inspire betterment could be a successful connection.


Orientation

An orientation webinar will be conducted shortly after the mentoring matches have been announced for all participants. The webinar will address the structure of the program and what to expect, including the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees.

We try to have a past mentor and mentee included in the webinar to allow for any questions participants may have regarding the participation expectations. 

An orientation kit is also emailed to all participants shortly after the program commences and will include a mentoring agreement template, mentee goals document and program Code of Conduct.


Contact between mentoring pairs

For the duration of the program mentors and mentees are responsible for the ongoing contact with each other and are strongly encouraged maintain communication to ensure a successful relationship.

The format of the relationship will be determined by the pair and may include email, phone, Skype or face-to-face meetings. We recommend at least one hour of contact per month for the duration of the program.  For long distance relationships this may involve Skype sessions, phone and email conversations.

If any issues arise around contact (or lack thereof) you are advised to contact the mentoring team.


State Networking Events

Networking events are held throughout the program providing participants with the opportunity to share experiences and meet fellow participants. Events are run in each capital city (except NT) and there will be approximately three networking events that you will be invited to.

Participants from previous mentoring intakes are welcome to attend any of these events. Priority will be given to current program participants in the case of an event reaching capacity.


Program updates

Regular communications and quarterly newsletters will be sent to participants to keep you informed of upcoming events, webinars and information of interest.

We encourage participants to provide feedback throughout the program.

Cost & Eligibility

Am I eligible?

Mentors are required to have a minimum of four years HR experience (minimum two years to mentor a student mentee) to apply.

The mentoring program is run exclusively for AHRI members. Find out more about becoming an AHRI member or contact the membership team before applying for the mentoring program. Please allow adequate time for your membership application to be processed.


What does it cost?

ProgramMembership RequiredCost
MentorHR ProfessionalProfessional (MAHRI, CAHRI, FAHRI, CPHR, FCPHR)Free
 New to HRProfessional (MAHRI, CAHRI, FAHRI, CPHR, FCPHR)Free
 HR StudentProfessional (Graduate, MAHRI, CAHRI, FAHRI, CPHR, FCPHR)Free
MenteeHR ProfessionalAHRI Affiliate or Professional membership$150
 New to HRAHRI Affiliate or Professional membership$150
 HR StudentAHRI Student member onlyFree

Fees are payable upon application.

The mentoring program is run exclusively for AHRI members. Apply to become an AHRI member or contact the membership team before applying for the mentoring program. Please allow adequate time for your membership application to be processed.

How to apply


Who should apply?

You should apply for this program if you answer yes to any of the following:

  • I am currently working in HR and looking to extend my knowledge in specific HR topics and areas
  • I am currently working in HR and want to progress my career to the next level of HR
  • I am currently studying HR and in my 3rd or final year of studies. I want to take the next step towards my career in HR (only applicable for April intake)
  • I am currently working in a non-HR role with elements of HR and want to transition into an HR role
  • I am an experienced HR professional with more than four years HR experience and I would like to:
    • develop further my leadership and mentoring skills
    • have the opportunity to share this knowledge
    • give back to the HR profession.
Become an AHRI Member

The program is run exclusively for AHRI members. Find out more about becoming an AHRI member.


Application forms

To apply for the mentoring program please complete the online application form. Please note applications are currently open for Intake 2, 2017

We encourage you to include any specific requirements or 'must haves' in this online application to ensure we are able to match you with the best possible mentoring partner. Please bear in mind that very specific requirements such as specifying a mentor with experience in niche industry may not always be possible.

The AHRI Mentoring Program is exclusive to AHRI members and there are different application forms for mentors and mentees. If you are unsure which form is the right one for you please contact the Mentoring Team.

How To Apply - AHRI members
ParticipantProgramProgram Application
MentorAllApplications open for Intake 2, 2017
MenteeHR ProfessionalApplications open for Intake 2, 2017
 New to HRApplications open for Intake 2, 2017
 HR StudentOnly for Intake 1, in April 2018
How To Apply - Non-members

The mentoring program is run exclusively for AHRI members. Apply to become an AHRI member or contact the membership team before applying for the mentoring program. Please allow adequate time for your membership application to be processed.

Mentoring resources

Mentoring Information Kit

AHRI's Mentoring Information Kit provides further information and assistance for the mentoring program including a calendar of events. 

To view information specific to your intake visit the Intake & Program Updates page.


FAQs

Visit our Mentoring FAQ page for further information about the program.


HRM Magazine

Mentors and mentees from the program have been profiled in past editions of AHRI's HRM magazine.

Want to have your mentoring relationship profiled in AHRI's HRM magazine and website? Contact us to be considered for this opportunity.


Case Study

AHRI were recently invited to be part of a case study of mentoring programs by Art of Mentoring. Click here to view the case study.


Articles

Are you mentor material?


Further information

For more information about the AHRI Mentoring Program email us.

Make Mentoring Work by Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson’s Make Mentoring Work (2nd edition) is an invaluable handbook for anybody considering – or already in – a mentoring relationship, whether mentor or mentee. The book sets out what mentoring is, the do’s and don’ts for mentors and mentees, and how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship. He also shares his own fascinating mentoring experiences. Make Mentoring Work is a must-read for anyone considering the role of mentor or mentee, or developing their own mentoring program.

The second edition

The most common request after the release of the 1st edition was for more examples of successful mentoring from Peter’s own personal and professional life. In response, the 2nd edition includes a new chapter on ‘Mentoring, Neuroscience and Positive Psychology’ and two new chapters on Peter’s own mentors from his private and professional life.

Peter’s mentors have included:

  • Dr Jim Cairns, who was a very controversial federal politician in the 1960s and 1970s, and for a time, was Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Labor Government.
  • Professor Peter Sheehan, a famous Australian academic, economist, prolific researcher and author, and for a time, senior public servant.
  • Stan Wallis, long term CEO of APM/Amcor and then Chairman of AMP, Coles Myer, Amcor, the 1997 Commonwealth Financial System Inquiry, Business Council of Australia, and more recently Sane Australia, a leading national mental health advocacy group.
  • Bob Santamaria now General Counsel at ANZ Banking Group, and before that Partner at Allens Arthur Robinson, a leading national corporate and commercial law partnership. Bob was also a peer of Peter’s from University.
  • Lindsay Gaze, famous Australian and Olympic basketball player, coach and administrator.
  • Dr Fons Trompenaars, eminent author, academic, thinker, and world cross-cultural expert.

Another new chapter reviews the best-practice schemes featured in the first edition and discusses how they have evolved. The additional stories, findings and observations in the 2nd edition shed light once again on why mentoring works and the best ways to make it work for you and your organisation.

To order Peter’s book, please email bookshop@ahri.com.au. If you require postage, please include your postal address for us to calculate the additional postage cost.

Terms and Conditions

In applying for and entering into the AHRI Mentoring Program, it is understood that the following code of conduct is to be adhered to at all times.

Mentee

  1. Mentee engaging in the Mentoring Program run by Australian Human Resources Institute (ABN 44 120 687 149) (AHRI) will submit honest and true information to participate in the mentoring program for a period of 12 months (New to HR, Professional) or 6 months (Student, April Intake Only)
  2. Participants will complete the application form honestly and to the best of their knowledge
  3. There is to be no discrimination of mentor based on age, gender, ethnicity, or any other such discriminable matters.
  4. Participants will enter into the mentoring relationship with a commitment to assist each other to develop and learn in an environment that will support honesty, fairness and respect
  5. The mentee is responsible for initial contact when paired with mentor. Failure to do so after two (2) weeks of relationship notification may result in assumption of withdrawal, and mentee may be removed from relationship.
  6. AHRI enforces a strict policy of no bullying, abuse or misconduct on the part of the participants and that failure to abide by this may result in termination from the program and further action if necessary
  7. When discussing matters, shared documents or other such information in engaging in the program, both parties are bound by strict confidentiality and that failure to do so may result in termination from the program and further action if necessary. If you feel you are unable to uphold this requirement, due to legal implications or discovery of sensitive information, please contact AHRI immediately.
  8. Mentees are aware that once the mentoring program has ceased, they are no longer a recognised mentor/mentee combination in the program
  9. The mentee understands the minimum 1 hour time commitment per month to engage in the program.
  10. Once they have made the commitment to participate in the AHRI Mentoring Program that if for any reason they cannot see the program through to it’s conclusion, they need to notify AHRI Head Office and their mentor as soon as possible. Participants wishing to withdraw from the program are required to complete a formal withdrawal process.
  11. Participation in the Mentoring Program will involve inherent risks associated with travelling to and from meeting your partner. AHRI will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss), expense, damage, personal injury or death which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person's negligence) in connection with the program, except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law (in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).
  12. AHRI accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the participation in the Program.
  13. Further questions regarding the Program or any Mentoring matter can be directed to mentoring@ahri.com.au.

Mentor

  1. Mentors engaging in the Mentoring Program run by Australian Human Resources Institute (ABN 44 120 687 149) (AHRI) will submit honest and true information to participate in the mentoring program for a period of 12 months and mentor either category of mentees as per their state preference at the time of application(New to HR, Professional or Student- April Intake)
  2. Participants will complete the application form honestly and to the best of their knowledge.
  3. The mentor, in becoming a part of the Mentoring Program, will provide some time to share ideas, knowledge and experiences with their partner in the mentoring relationship.
  4. There is to be no discrimination of mentee based on age, gender, ethnicity, or any other such discriminable matters.
  5. Participants will enter into the mentoring relationship with a commitment to assist each other to develop and learn in an environment that will support honesty, fairness and respect
  6. The mentor is asked to respond to their mentee after initial contact within 24 hours.
  7. AHRI enforces a strict policy of no bullying, abuse or misconduct on the part of the participants and that failure to abide by this may result in termination from the program and further action if necessary
  8. When discussing matters, shared documents or other such information in engaging in the program, both parties are bound by strict confidentiality and that failure to do so may result in termination from the program and further action if necessary. If you feel you are unable to uphold this requirement, due to legal implications or discovery of sensitive information, please contact AHRI immediately.
  9. Mentors may not engage in mentoring a mentee ‘unofficially’ outside the realms of the program if the connection was provided by AHRI during the current year in which either party applied into the program.
  10. Participation in the Mentoring Program will involve inherent risks associated with travelling to and from meeting your partner. AHRI will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss), expense, damage, personal injury or death which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person's negligence) in connection with the program, except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law (in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).
  11. AHRI accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the participation in the Program.
  12. Further questions regarding the Program or any Mentoring matter can be directed to mentoring@ahri.com.au.

Current Participants

Regular communications and quarterly newsletters are sent to participants about upcoming events, webinars and information of interest.

We also encourage participants to provide feedback throughout the program.

If you want to have your mentoring relationship profiled in AHRI's HRM magazine and website please contact us to be considered for this opportunity.

For questions about the program please see the FAQs or email us for more information.


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Hays Human Resources are Worldwide leaders in recruitment and the development of Human capital. We are passionate about Mentoring and we are proud to be the sponsor of this program.


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