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Real Estate & Business

16 July, 2021

Successful Mackay mentoring program bringing value to local METS businesses

A successful mentoring program facilitated by Mackay Regional Council, in conjunction with leading industry association Resource Industry Network (RIN), is proving to be an effective business strategy for local METS businesses with many of their emerging leaders taking valuable knowledge, skills, and experience back to their workplaces.


A successful mentoring program facilitated by Mackay Regional Council, in conjunction with leading industry association Resource Industry Network (RIN), is proving to be an effective business strategy for local METS businesses with many of their emerging leaders taking valuable knowledge, skills, and experience back to their workplaces. 

The Mackay Mentoring Network program is a formally structured mentoring program that effectively matches mentees and mentors in an effort to grow and maintain talent in the Mackay region. It is the second time that Council has partnered with RIN to conduct the program, which is designed to expose participants to different industries, workplaces, and capabilities to improve the career development of those being mentored, while also providing learning opportunities for their mentors.

 Mentoring veteran and program manager at Mackay Regional Council Rod Francisco said being a mentor was exciting because in many cases it was a life or career changing opportunity for mentees. “What I find most rewarding is the fact that I am talking with someone face to face here in Mackay, someone that lives and works here and who is super keen to grow their capabilities and stay in the Mackay region,” he said. Structured mentoring programs such as this can be an effective business strategy that can transform your company culture, improve employee value propositions, and positively impact a business’ financial bottom line. Mentee from this year’s first cohort, David Cowley from Mackay Regional Council, said he would recommend the program to everyone interested in advancing their career prospects.

“It’s been a fantastic relationship that I’ve built with my mentor who has a world of experience across different industries. She really makes you see things differently,” he said. As a mentor in the program, Resource Industry Network’s Jodie Thompson said it was great to have the resources of the Art of Mentoring platform to help you along the mentoring journey. “The individual I mentored has been very receptive to the mentoring relationship, and even though I was the mentor, I have also learnt so much from my mentee and the experiences in her work environment.

“The mentoring program is a great idea for METS businesses in the region to offer career development opportunities to their workforce so the sector can continue to build a strong connections and synergies,” she said. The Mackay Mentoring Network program provides training and support resources, as well as program events to ensure all participants are well supported. The program aims to support current and aspiring managers and leaders of regional industries and local government to build a network of inspired leadership professionals and provide an opportunity for those involved to share and reflect on professional life in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.

 It allows mentees to explore their careers and skills and provides opportunities for them to connect with like-minded people through participation in a mutually beneficial developmental relationship. If being part of the mentoring program interests you, Council has again partnered with RIN and its network of member businesses to deliver a second program in 2021. They are now seeking applications for both mentors and mentees with applications closing on August 6, 2021

For more testimonials, information, or to apply, go to: https://www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au/Initiatives/Mackay-Mentoring-Network OR https://mackay-mentoring-network.aomapp.net/  


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