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LGPro Mentoring Program

About the Program

LGPro has launched a new and exciting Mentoring Program for professionals working in Local Government throughout Victoria.

This cross-council program brings together Council Officers from all levels to learn from each other by sharing knowledge, expertise and skills. It enables those seeking professional development (mentees) and those sharing their knowledge (mentors) to gain new perspectives and insights into the many rewarding career and leadership opportunities in Local Government in Victoria.

The LGPro Mentoring Program runs over an eight month period in the seven stages as outlined below.

Stage 1: Registration and program enrolment

  • Registration is only available online (refer to the enrolment section of this site). Once registration is complete, an enrolment form will be emailed to the participant. The completed enrolment form will provide LGPro with information to assist in matching the participant to a mentor

Stage 2: Program launch – Orientation & Training (Duration – 1/2 Day)

  • A full day workshop provides mentors and mentees with the knowledge, understanding and skills to help them get the most out of the program.
  • Orientation and training includes self-paced practice sessions that show participants how to maximise the benefits and opportunities for learning, as well as how to determine what they want to achieve according to their needs and aspirations.
  • The workshop also provides an opportunity for mentees to meet potential mentors who will be participating in a separate orientation session which focuses on the characteristics of good, solution-focused mentoring.
  • Mentees and mentors will be introduced to tools, resources and guidelines to answer some of their practical questions and offer a best practice framework which can be tailored to their individual needs.

Stage 3: Mentor & Mentee Matching

  • Mentees can suggest who they would like to be mentored by after meeting with prospective mentors during the orientation day.
  • The matching of mentor and mentee is ultimately the responsibility of LGPro in consultation with the training facilitators. Enrolment information, mentor profiles and mentee preferences will assist with determining an appropriate match.
  • Both mentor and mentee will need to agree with LGPro’s recommendation before the match is finalised

Stage 4: Mentoring experience (Duration – 8 months)

  • Once mentoring relationships are formed, both parties develop an agreed meeting schedule for the duration of the program. During this time, LGPro will make available a dedicated telephone support service for both mentors and mentees.

Stage 5: Review workshop (Duration – 4 hours)

  • A review workshop will be at the mid point of the program. Participants will be able to discuss their early experiences and share ideas and insights which may benefit everyone involved in the program.
  • This workshop will take the form of reflection and group discussion around issues and questions participants may have. They will also be provided with additional theory and application, which will deepen their experience and enhance their mentoring experience.

Stage 6: Final program debrief workshop (Duration – 4 hours)

  • At the end of the program, mentors and mentees will attend a final debriefing workshop which will take the form of a group discussion.
  • This will identify the benefits and learning achieved by individuals, teams and their respective Councils.
  • It will look at issues that emerged throughout the program and provide participants with additional theory and application, to help deepen their experience and enhance the mentoring experience.
  • The final workshop will also provide an opportunity to suggest improvements to the program

Generally each mentoring relationship will be autonomous and what mentors and mentees discuss will be confidential. It is up to each mentor and mentee to negotiate a suitable meeting schedule and the methods of communication.

There are some guiding principles that underpin the program and these can be found in the Guidelines for Mentors and Mentees

Program Intake & Training Dates

Series 2 (2017)

  • Program Orientation Day - Thursday 10 August 2017
  • Mid-Program Review Workshop - Wednesday 29 November 2017
  • Final Program Debrief Workshop - Thursday 19 April 2018
 

Local Government ProfessionalsLGPro is the peak body for Local Government professionals in Victoria. It develops and delivers high quality professional development activities and services, facilitates positive communication between the sector and the State and Federal Governments, representing the views of officers where this expert advice is required in the consultation process on legislation and policy and program development.

Local Government Professionals - Level 3/58 Lorimer Street Docklands VIC 3008 - 03 9268 6400 - www.lgpro.com