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Applications for Intake 1 2017 are now closed.

We are now in the process of matching candidates who applied for Intake 1 2017. 

Applications for Intake 2, 2017 will be opening in June. Click here to register your interest and be kept up to date with information regarding the application process.

Mentoring Program - Orientation Webinar

  • Program:  Intake 1, 2017
  • Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • Time: 1pm - 2pm (AEDST)
  • Guest hosts:
    • Kevin Carty Manager Business Partners and Project Support Department of Planning and Environment NSW
    • Rita D'Arcy FCPHR Founder/ Principal Consultant Particularly People

Join us for an informative session regarding AHRI's 2017 Mentoring Program (Intake 1) and how to get the most out of your time with your mentor or mentee.

Please register your interest in attending by clicking here.

Program Overview

The AHRI Mentoring Program has been designed to assist those seeking opportunities for career and professional development by creating mentoring relationships. The program matches experienced HR practitioners (mentors) with upcoming HR practitioners, HR students and those 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 (see Benefits of Mentoring below).

The program runs for 12 months (except HR Student Program which is 6 months and only runs in April intake) and matches over 700 pairs annually.  There are two intakes each year with one in April and one in October. Applications open approximately 3 months prior to commencement and close one month prior to the start date.  Once matches are made participants are notified of their new mentoring partner via email.

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, you can do so by visiting memberships online.

More details on the program and how to apply are available below or alternatively email mentoring@ahri.com.au for more information.

How the program works

The AHRI Mentoring Program has 3 distinct programs for mentees to choose from and two intakes per 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 9253 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 need to choose the program which best suits them and then complete the respective online application form (see below).

If you are not sure which program is right for you please contact mentoring@ahri.com.au or 03 9918 9297 for further clarification.

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. They should consider carefully the time requirement involved in mentoring and ensure that they have adequate time to give to more than one mentee. It is recommended to spend at least 1 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.

If you have questions about the time commitment required for the program please contact mentoring@ahri.com.au or 03 9918 9297 for further clarification.

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 is conducted in each state by AHRI State Council members and is done considering location, years of experience, special requirements, industry and the participants selection of HR areas for mentoring. Whilst every effort is made to match participants on as many aspects of their applications as possible, it is not always possible to get everything from the one mentor.

The more information you can provide us with 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 reach out to their respective mentor to kick start the relationship as soon as they can, and to maximize their time in the program. Please be flexible when considering your mentee/mentor, especially if you have been very specific in your requirements.

Orientation

An orientation webinar will be conducted shortly after matches have been announced for all participants. It will take them through 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 on hand for these webinars to allow for any questions participants may have regarding the participation expectations. We will also endeavour to answer any other questions about the program you may have at the end of the webinar.

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

Contact between pairs

For the duration of the program mentors and mentees are responsible for ongoing contact and are strongly encouraged to be active and keep the contact and communication as regular as possible which will help to ensure a successful relationship.

The format of the relationship will be determined by the pair and may include e-mail, phone, Skype or face-to-face meetings. AHRI recommends 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 connections.

If any issues arise around contact (or lack thereof) you are advised to contact AHRI mentoring (mentoring@ahri.com.au) and they will assist to resolve the issue.

State Networking Events

Networking events will be held during the program, which provide participants with the opportunity to share experiences and meet fellow participants of the program from both past and current intakes. State events are run in each capital city (except NT) approximately every six months and can sometimes include guest speakers.

Generally there will be three networking events that you can attend during the program. Besides current program mentors and mentees, all participants from previous 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.

Communications from AHRI

The AHRI mentoring team will communicate out match information and manage any concerns or issues which may arise for the duration of the program. Regular communications and quarterly newsletters will be emailed out to participants to keep you informed of upcoming events, webinars and articles of interest.

We encourage and welcome participants to provide feedback throughout the program on any aspects of the program to assist and allow for future planning purposes.

Cost & Eligibility

Am I eligible?

Mentors are required to have a minimum of 4 years HR experience (minimum 2 years to mentor a student mentee) to apply.

All participants are required to be an AHRI member.  If you do not yet have an AHRI membership you will need to become a member before you apply to be part of the mentoring program.  To apply for membership visit ahri.com.au/become-a-member.

If you have any questions regarding membership contact the membership team directly on 03 9918 9200 or email members@ahri.com.au.

For more information on mentoring, please email mentoring@ahri.com.au.

What does it cost?

The following chart shows the cost for mentoring fees only.  If you have any questions regarding costs of the program please email mentoring and they will be happy to help. 

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.

*To participate in this program you must be a current financial AHRI member. If you are not an AHRI member, please obtain the appropriate membership type which can be done by visiting memberships online.  If you would like to find out more about AHRI membership and its benefits please contact the membership team or read the Membership Information.

How to apply

Applications for Intake 1 2017 are now open, and will close 28 February 2017.

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 4 years HR experience and I would like to:
    • have the opportunity to share this knowledge.
    • give back to the HR profession
    • develop further my leadership and mentoring skills

Application forms

To apply, applicants are required to complete an online application form (see below). 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. We also do strongly encourage attending your first meeting, 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, is a success.

To view costs of applications go to the 'Cost & Eligibility' section. Applications are available for AHRI members and there are different application forms for mentors and mentees.  When selecting your application form,  be careful to choose and complete the correct form.  If you are unsure which form is the right one for you please contact the mentoring team on 03 9918 9297 and they will be happy to help

How To Apply - Existing AHRI members

ParticipantProgramProgram Application
MentorAllApplications are now closed
MenteeHR ProfessionalApplications are now closed
 New to HRApplications are now closed
 HR StudentApplications are now closed

How To Apply - Non members

If you are not currently an AHRI member, please contact members@ahri.com.au before proceeding to apply into the mentoring program. Ensuring you hold the right membership for your individual circumstances will also ensure you have access to the appropriate set of member benefits, which you can read about by visiting the AHRI membership section of the website. For more information on eligibility aside from membership, please email mentoring@ahri.com.au.

Please allow adequate time for your membership application to be processed keeping in mind applications for this intake close 28 February 2017.

Benefits of Mentoring

The benefits of participating in the AHRI Mentoring Program are many and varied:

Benefits to the mentor

  • Enables further development of mentoring skills eg. providing feedback, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Provides a sense of personal and professional satisfaction
  • Enables you to give back to the profession and contribute to Australia's HR Association
  • Mentoring hours qualify as a part of CPD hours
  • You get to stay in touch with emerging issues relevant to less experienced HR professionals

Benefits to the mentee - HR Professional & New To HR

  • Provides excellent networking opportunities
  • Develops new skills – i.e. Problem solving
  • Provides you with a role model
  • Helps you Identifying professional growth and development areas
  • Develops your communication skills
  • Helps to set goals and work towards them
  • Mentee can set goals and develop processes to achieve them
  • Mentoring hours qualify as a part of CPD hours

Benefits to the mentee - Student

  • Provides assistance with transitioning from studying to the workplace
  • You gain a role model
  • 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

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

Want to have your mentoring relationship profiled for AHRI HRM online and HRM magzine? Register your interest here.

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.

In 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.

Make Mentoring Work

Intake 2, 2017 Opening in June

We are now in the process of matching candidates who applied for Intake 1 2017. 

Applications for Intake 2, 2017 will be opening in June. Click here to register your interest and be kept up to date with information regarding the application process.

* If you are in your 3rd or final year of studies and are an AHRI Student member, you will be eligible for the program which will commence in April ONLY. To find out more about the program or to become an AHRI Student member visit ahri.com.au/students or call AHRI on 03 9918 9297.

More Information and Media Articles

The AHRI Mentoring Information kit will provide further information and assistance for the mentoring program including a calendar of events.

Download the AHRI Mentoring Information Kit

Visit our Mentoring FAQ page for answers to everyday questions you may have.

Mentors and mentees from the program have been profiled in past editions of AHRI's HRMonthly magazine. These articles can be viewed by clicking here.

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.

Are you mentor material?

AHRI Mentoring Program testimonials are also available online.

Want to have your mentoring relationship profiled for the AHRI HRM magazine? Complete your details here to be considered for this great opportunity.

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

For more information about the AHRI Mentoring Program, please contact mentoring@ahri.com.au.

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.

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