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LGPro Mentoring Program - What is Mentoring?

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a personal enhancement strategy that encourages the sharing of known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives and experiences.

It involves a mentor (experienced individual) and a mentee (learner) and is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to share and learn from expertise and experiences.

The mentee is able to build skills and knowledge, and develop goals for their professional development.

The mentor also benefits from being able to share expertise and continuously reassess how to improve and build upon their skills and knowledge.

What does research show?

Research shows mentoring can have a positive influence on mentees, mentors and organisations in areas of professional development, productivity, promotion and retention.

Professional development

  • In a recent (2009) independent survey of 59 of the 79 Local Government CEOs in Victoria, 88% identified professional mentoring programs as one of the best ways to develop the skills required to become a CEO in Local Government (Source: Metropolis Research)
  • In a further survey of 232 potential CEOs in Local Government in Victoria, 80% identified professional mentoring programs as one of the best ways to develop the skills required to become a CEO in Local Government (Source: Metropolis Research)
  • More than 60% of students listed mentoring as a criterion for selecting an employer after graduation (Source: MMHA)

Productivity

  • 71% of Fortune 500 companies use mentoring to ensure learning occurs in their organisations (Source: ASTD)
  • 95% of mentoring participants said the experience motivated them to do their very best (Source: The War for Talent by Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones & Beth Axelrod)

Promotion

  • 75% of senior officers attribute mentoring to playing a key role in their careers (Source: ASTD)
  • CEOs attribute mentoring as one of the top three factors affecting career growth (Source: AccountTemps survey of Fortune 500 companies)

Retention

  • 77% of companies say mentoring programs increase staff retention (Source: The Center for Creative Leadership)
  • 62% of employees who receive mentoring said they are very likely to stay with their current employer (Source: Yellowbrick)

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.

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