THE Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) is calling for mentees to participate in its 2016 e-Mentoring Program, following a rush of experienced resource industry professionals and leaders coming on board as mentors.
The AWRA e-Mentoring Program facilitates a nine-month mentoring partnership for women in the early stages of their careers by matching them with a female or male mentor in the industry.
Now in its third year, the successful program has facilitated 200 mentoring partnerships with 95% of respondents to a recent survey indicating that they achieved the goals set out when they commenced the program.
“We are incredibly excited about continuing the AWRA e-Mentoring Program in 2016 and assisting more women across the resource industry in their career development by partnering them with a mentor,” says AWRA spokesperson Tara Diamond.
“However at present, we have more mentors than mentees, and we are keen to help all mentors give back to our industry’s emerging female employees.
“We are asking all women in the industry to consider e-mentoring as a practical way to work towards their career goals or overcome a professional or personal barrier they are facing.
“Because the program is structured around an online platform, mentors and mentees don’t have to be located in the same town or state, and flexible communication options mean that work schedules or travel won’t be an obstacle in receiving quality mentoring.”
Mentors comprise a mix of men and women with backgrounds in both professional and technical roles, including:
- A non-executive director of a major mining company and celebrated diversity champion with 20+ years of experience across management, human resources, high-level business strategy, operations and finance, and who holds a demonstrated passion for mentoring.
- A senior mining engineer with a major mining company who lists ‘problem solving’ as a main strength, leads a workplace diversity and inclusion team, and works in a regional/remote location.
- A general manager with a successful gold miner with extensive experience across human resources, consulting, training and administration, and who has led the growth of a number of internal gender diversity initiatives.
- A human resources manager of a resource industry vessel operator with additional expertise in health and safety and previous experience as a mentor.
- A sub surface data services team leader in the oil and gas sector with additional expertise in production engineering and service management.
- A district manager for an internationally renowned mining equipment and services company with 20+ years of experience across project management, marketing technology solutions, sales and product analysis.
Due to sponsorship from the Australian Government, the AWRA e-Mentoring Program is free of charge. It is facilitated by AMMA – the peak resource industry association representing mining, oil and gas, and sub sector employers for more than 98 years.