AWRA E-Mentoring Program
A practical way to encourage participation and advancement in the workforce
The success of any sports organisation is largely reliant on the skills and attributes of each staff member. Sustaining success is influenced by the ability to provide a career path to senior management for experienced staff.
Mentoring has been identified as one practical way to encourage the participation and advancement of women in the workforce.
AWRA’s E-Mentoring Program is designed to assist women in middle management in sport to make the next step in their careers.
• Mentoring is seen as a supportive ‘role-model’ based relationship whereby a more experienced person guides, encourages and supports an individual as she works towards identified aspirations and goals.
• The mentor opens doors that might have otherwise been closed.
• Each relationship is customised to the needs of the mentee and usually lasts between six months and two years.
Over the past three years, AWRA’s Mentoring Program has provided opportunities for over 100 women to form mentoring partnerships with female and male senior sports leaders.
The program was a recent 2015 finalist in a national leadership award for Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO).
What a previous participant said:
“My life has turned around since I started with my mentor, he has given me confidence, taught me about work, life, balance - although we will never get this right - plus he has given me an insight about myself and my achievements.” (2013 Mentee)
The program team comprises of:
• Julie Sarll, a consultant specialising in organisational performance and governance as the Program Manager
• Leanne Evans, who delivers some mentoring workshops and
• Julie Anderson, an AWRA Board member and CEO of the Big V Basketball who provides technical support on mentoring.
Benefits of the Mentoring Program:
• Introductory face-to-face mentoring workshop for mentees in Melbourne and Sydney and other capital cities subject to demand
• Access to networking functions for mentors and mentees in capital cities as above
• Three web-based workshops for mentees with topics including:
• Making the most of your skills and experience and
• Determining your big picture
• E-mentoring through on-line mentoring activities for mentees who are restricted by location to attend face-to-face meetings.
• Access to e-information and discussion groups on topics relevant to women in sports management.
• Support from the broader AWRA network.
The E-Mentoring Program is designed to help the mentee reflect on and develop her career-life goals and plan a path of action to achieve these goals.
Make the next step in your career and get involved
Consider taking part as a mentor or mentee in the AWRA E-Mentoring Program and encourage your colleagues to get involved. This is an excellent professional and personal development opportunity - mentors have as much to benefit as the mentee!
The 2016 E-Mentoring Program fees (please note all fees are inclusive of GST):
Individual AWRA member fee: $400 per person
Individual non-member fee: $450 per person
For applicants whose employer is an AWRA organisation member: $350 per person
2016 program introduction workshop dates:
Adelaide, SA 10 April 2016 - complete
Brisbane, QLD- 5th September 2016 - confirmed
Canberra, ACT- 8th September 2016 - confirmed
Darwin, NT to be confirmed
Hobart, TAS to be confirmed
Melbourne, VIC - 28th September 2016 - confirmed
Perth, WA - 6th October 2016 - confirmed
Sydney, NSW - 7th September 2016 - confirmed
To be considered for the 2016 program , please complete the application form.
AWRA will confirm within ten working days whether your application has been accepted and if you are accepted, we provide details on how payment can be made.
Please note, membership is payable only once if more than one person from an organisation is enrolled.
Become a Mentor
Mentoring is an important step in creating leaders of the future.
In response to the major under-representation of women in leadership roles within the sport and active recreation industry in Australia, the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association received grants from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to develop its Mentoring Program.
The Mentoring Project aims to bridge the gap and increase the leadership skills of women (the mentees) in the sport and active recreation sector.
The project achieves this by:
- Providing a supportive environment for personal development and increasing self-esteem and confidence;
- Equipping mentees with the necessary skills to attain their goals and life skills;
- Providing mentees with an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses; and
- Providing mentees with new skills, industry knowledge and a personal development plan and pathway options.
During the past few years, over 60 women have entered into mentoring relationships with more senior sports administrators across any sports and roles. Feedback received has been very positive from both mentors and their mentees.
How does the Project work and how can you be involved?
The program is open to all women in the sport and active recreation industry, both employed and volunteer.
Mentors (who can be either male or female) are matched up with their female mentees. The relationship is then supported with telephone and internet communication, involving e-learning and group discussion.
AWRA communicates regularly with mentees and mentors regarding the progress of their mentoring relationship and provide assistance as required.
What’s in it for the mentor?
Revitalised enthusiasm and commitment to your own work;
Chances to review your knowledge of industry developments;
Satisfaction in helping others aim for excellence;
Enhanced networks; and
Challenges to your own perspective.
What is the time commitment?
AWRA expects that mentors will be available for around one hour per week or up to four hours per month for a period of six months. In some cases, the relationship extends beyond six months.