AHI Mentoring Program

The AHI Mentoring Program facilitates mentoring relationships, allowing members to share advice, knowledge and experiences.

The program enables links to be established between experienced social housing professionals from within the AHI membership and members who are seeking opportunities for career and professional development.

The program aims to match mentors and mentees with similar fields of interest, negating the barrier of geographical disparity.

In 2018, the Mentoring Program is only available to housing professionals located in New South Wales.

 

 

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We sincerely thank Blooming HR for the support of the Mentoring Program.

Who can be involved in the AHI Mentoring Program?

The selection of mentees for the AHI Mentoring Program will be based on the following guidelines:

  • An AHI member who may be a recent entrant to the social housing profession or wanting to move into a more substantial or different social housing role.
  • Willing to listen, learn and challenge their ideas in order to get the most out of the mentoring relationship over the course of the mentoring term, usually 9 months.
  • Availability to meet (by phone, e-mail, Skype or face to face) with their mentor at least once a month, over the course of the mentoring relationship. The minimum recommended time commitment is one hour per mentoring meeting.
  • Willing to abide by the General Rules for Mentees and Mentors.
The selection of mentors for the AHI Mentoring Program will be based on the following guidelines:

  • An experienced social housing professional whose passion is inspiring an upcoming generation of leaders.
  • 10+ years experience in the social housing sector.
  • Current Certified Housing Professional (or willingness to undertake process to become a Certified Housing Professional during the mentoring relationship), or Lifetime Member.
  • Keen to share knowledge, offer advice, share experiences and provide support to assist in the career development and professional growth of a mentee over the course of the mentoring term, usually 9 months.
  • Availability to meet (by phone, e-mail, Skype or face to face) with their mentor at least once a month, over the course of the mentoring relationship. The minimum recommended time commitment is one hour per mentoring meeting.
  • Willing to abide by the General Rules for Mentees and Mentors.

Mentor applications are currently closed

How does the program work?

In 2018 the AHI will launch a pilot round of the Mentoring Program in NSW. The program will be run over a 9-month period, from March to November.

Mentors and mentees will be matched according to application details and are required to attend to face-to-face events - Program Launch and Program Close.

Mentees and mentors will be responsible for ongoing contact. It is expected that the conversations will be held on a monthly basis at least for an hour over the course of the mentoring program. The format of the relationship will be determined by the pair and may include e-mail, phone, Skype or face-to-face meetings.

During the program, you will receive frequent communications from the AHI, giving you helpful tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials available for supporting mentees.

During and at the end of the program you will be invited to provide anonymous feedback about your experience.

What's in it for me?

Benefits for mentees:

  • Access to a professional role model.
  • $100 voucher to attend AHI events to develop new skills and knowledge.
  • Advice on developing strengths and overcoming weaknesses.
  • Guidance on professional development and advancement.
  • Formulate long term career goals and targets and support in achieving short term career goals.
  • Support with problem solving.
  • Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Increased visibility and recognition within the industry.
  • Expanded professional networks.
  • Eligible to claim 50 CPD points, as part of the Certified Housing Professional program.
Benefits for mentors:

  • Personal and professional satisfaction from contributing to the profession and mentee progression.
  • Development of personal leadership and coaching styles.
  • Expanded professional networks.
  • Staying in touch with emerging issues relevant to less experienced social housing professionals.
  • Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader.
  • Extension of professional development record.
  • Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Eligible to claim 50 CPD points as part of the Certified Housing Professional program.
Benefits for employers:

  • Help employees reach their full potential; thus promoting their personal and professional development in a supportive way.
  • Enhance leadership and coaching skills in current and future managers.
  • Engage and motivate employees.
  • Enhance job satisfaction.

Key dates

15 January 2018 Applications open in NSW 

15 February 2018 Applications close 

Late February 2018 Results of applications released 

March 2018 Program launch 

May 2018 Program progress review 

November 2018 Program close

Fees

To secure a place in the AHI’s mentoring program, mentees will pay $300 (inc GST) upon acceptance of their mentor match. Program participation also includes a $100 voucher for the mentee to use in attending other AHI events to further the mentee's professional development.

There is no cost to be a mentor, their involvement is voluntary.

Next step

Apply now as applications will close by 15 February 2018. Please provide as much information in your application as you reasonably can as it will assist the matching process. You will be informed of the availability of best-fit match in late February 2018.

Are you keen to learn from an experienced mentor who will provide support in your housing career journey and professional development? If so, register to become a

Mentor applications are currently closed.

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