RISE Mentoring Program - ISCouncil

The RISE Mentoring Program aims to:

  • Support the Infrastructure Sustainability Council and other member organisations in establishing their position as a Next Generation leader in the sustainability profession.
  • Develop sustainability as a key capability of emerging infrastructure leaders through knowledge sharing and mentorship.

The program is also intended to give participants a better, more comprehensive viewpoint of sustainability. This is true for both Mentors and Mentees.

The RISE Mentoring Program is an important component for developing and sustaining satisfying professional careers of participants and matches Mentees seeking guidance and support with more experienced practitioners who are willing to commit time and energy to the professional development of another practitioner/sustainability professional.

A mentoring relationship can be a transformative experience for both the mentor and the mentee, inspiring personal and professional development for both parties. Participants in mentoring programs report a number of benefits from their participation including:

  • improved confidence and self-awareness,
  • clearer career direction,
  • better communication skills, and
  • enhanced leadership skills.

Benefits

For Mentees

  • Explore issues and concerns in a supportive relationship
  • Experienced guidance and support in the sustainability infrastructure industry
  • Learn from the real-life experience of others
  • Explore your career development plan
  • Receive feedback and developmental guidance
  • Network and to learn about effective networking

For Mentors

  • Be recognised as a leader and use your years of experience to contribute back into the industry
  • Further enrich your mentoring and leadership skills
  • Gain intellectual challenges and new perspectives
  • Expand your professional network

This program is not about the Mentor finding a job for the Mentee or a guarantee of promotion.

Who Can Apply?

To join as a Mentee, you must:

  • Commit to the structure and time of the program
  • Members only for the pilot and ISAP only for pilot
  • Have a Minimum of 2-years working full-time
  • Have checked that your employer agrees that you can participate as a Mentee

To join as a Mentor, you must:

  • Commit to the structure and time of the program
  • Have Line management responsibilities, P&L responsibilities, PM responsibilities, etc.
  •  Have a Minimum 4 years’ experience as a line manager/PM manager/etc (SQP classification)
  • Have passion for, have an interest in, or willingness to learn, sustainability
  • Be an ISC Member

What’s involved?

The RISE Mentoring Program is an 9-month program. Applications open in March 2022 and the program launches in April 2022.

Mentors and Mentees will be matched according to the details provided in the application and are required to attend three events – Program Launch, Program Progress Review and Program Close – all of which will be delivered via Webinar.

Both Mentees and Mentors will complete an online training module to help them prepare for their mentoring relationship.

During the program, Mentors and Mentees are expected to be in contact at least monthly. Participants will receive frequent communications from the Mentoring Program Manager with helpful tips and information about mentoring, and access to other relevant materials and resources.

For more information, you can access the Program Information Pack here or download a copy from the link below under ‘before you start’.