IWC facilitates launch of Young Water Professionals mentoring evening
As part of its focus on enhancing the professional growth of its members, the AWA (Australian Water Association) runs a mentoring program in each state of Australia.
Forty participants attended the New South Wales event recently - 20 mentors and 20 mentees from Sydney Water and from across the state - for an evening of relaxed networking, drinks and canapés for those interested in engaging in new mentoring relationships as well as those in established mentorships.
Over the last year, NSW has changed its approach towards the mentoring program - now recruiting throughout the year and running a number of catch-up sessions to offer support and networking opportunities for those involved. Currently there are 35 pairs (each pair consisting of a mentor and a mentee) in the program.
"This most recent mentoring night run by Brian McIntosh from IWC was a sell out," said Kathryn Silvester, Graduate Chemical Engineer at Sydney Water and AWA Young Water Professional. "We have also received a number of expressions of interest since.
"Mentoring is a great opportunity for personal development, both for mentors and mentees, also offering a means to transfer valuable experience and expertise to enrich the future of the water industry.
"It has been terrific watching these relationships develop over the past 18 months and hearing about the various ways participants have benefited from them. We appreciate the support of IWC in running the mentoring night and have received a huge amount of positive feedback."
IWC would like to thank the AWA NSW Branch and the YWP NSW network for giving us the opportunity to support this wonderful initiative and take part in the evening.
The concept of an industry wide mentoring program was originally initiated in direct response to concerns that the Australian water industry would face serious labour shortages in the medium to long term future. It is hoped that this program will help with the retention of graduates and those members who are still finding their feet in the industry.
Mentoring is a committed two-way partnership where an experienced individual offers to guide a younger member of the industry through new challenges. Mentors provide insights and perspectives on what actions a Mentee could undertake to achieve their career goals. At the same time, Mentors are able to develop their leadership and management skills.
The NSW AWA Mentoring program fosters skill enhancement, while providing a means to transfer valuable experience and expertise to enrich the future of the water industry. The program can offer a plethora of benefits for all participants, including the potential to accredit involvement towards chartered competencies.
For more information on the AWA Young Water Professionals Mentoring Program, visit: www.awa.asn.au/YWP_Mentoring_Program