LGMA Queensland introduces the LGMA Queensland Mentoring Programme. Designed to provide professional development, career advancement and networking, this programme is aimed at officers within local government who are aspiring to further their careers within the sector.
The LGMA Queensland Mentoring Programme aims to support and guide officers currently working within local government to:
- develop awareness of their strengths and weaknesses;
- build their networks both internally and externally;
- create career development opportunities; and
- engage with senior leaders.
Participants are matched with a mentor who will meet with them on a regular basis to discuss ways in which to develop their career. They will also undertake professional development through the online delivery of webinars, articles and discussions. These are designed to enhance participants’ professional development and assist in identifying career aspirations.
The Mentoring Programme Brochure is available now and the Application form for 2017 will be available shortly.
In 2010, LGMA established its first mentoring program as part of the Year of Women in Local Government. Like the current programme, invitations were called for local government professionals who wanted to be a mentor or a mentee. Seven years later, one of the mentor pairs are still going. We asked them how they found programme and what they got out of it.
Brett de Chastel, CEO of Noosa Council (mentor) - I joined the programme as a mentor to “give back” to our industry and to hopefully provide some insights and experience to an up-and-coming manager. I have found it tremendously rewarding to work with Kerrie over a lengthy period of time. We didn’t know each other when we started but have shared many long and interesting conversations over the years. I've seen her develop and blossom as a local government professional and feel privileged to have played a part in her career development. It is a testament to what we have both got out of the experience that we still touch base some 7 years later to continue our journey.
Kerrie Hawkes, Executive Officer – Douglas Shire Council (mentee) - I joined the 2010 programme as I was relatively new to local government and felt a little overwhelmed with all the commitments I had to juggle, full-time employee, full-time mum and wife. I new that I needed to develop a balance between my work and my personal life that also allowed me to achieve my career aspirations. Working with Brett over the past 7 years has provided me with many skills that I implement in both my private and professional life. Brett has helped me learn to address challenges and have faith in my abilities to achieve my career goals. The foundation of our relationship was not about Brett telling me what I should do, but giving me the tools so I could decide what to do.
For further information regarding the mentor programme, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (07) 3174 5003