NIBA mentoring program

The NIBA mentoring program is for young brokers, insurers, and associated professionals across the insurance industry. The aim of the program is to empower Young Professionals through mentoring partnerships with supportive and motivating industry role models to develop focussed goals and directions and to strive for higher levels of performance. But the program is also a great experience for mentors, many of whom appreciate the chance to give something meaningful back to the industry. You can read testimonials from past participants in the NIBA mentoring program here.

Program schedule

Mentoring programs are now available twice a year in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. If there is sufficient demand, we will also run the program in Tasmania and Darwin. If you wish to participate as a Mentor or Mentee wherever you are based in Australia, please contact Arianne Bath or phone (02) 9459 4316 to express your interest.

Overview

The goal of our program is to give Young Professionals a greater understanding of the issues facing our industry and a supportive environment that will motivate and assist them in both their personal and professional development.

Professionals who take part in mentoring programs are statistically five times more likely to earn promotions than those who do not. Past participants say it's one of the best, most rewarding initiatives they've ever been involved in and the program has already seen hundreds of young professionals benefit from partnering with an experienced industry leader throughout the 12-week program.

Each pairing work on unique goals set by the mentee with the overall aim to help them progress professionally and overcome any challenges they face in the role. Participants are required to attend three workshops throughout the program and commit to a weekly meeting or phone call to retain contact and assess progress.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Participation in the mentoring program attracts a CPD rating of 4 points for both mentors and mentees. To be eligible for CPD points participants must complete the program, provide evidence of their learning and development outcomes through a presentation at the concluding workshop.

Frequently asked questions

What is mentoring?

Mentoring encourages and supports Young Professionals to manage their own learning, maximize their potential, and develop their skills and performance. Mentoring can be defined as a two-way partnership which may encompass coaching, role modelling, supporting and appraising, or being a buddy depending on the needs of the mentee and the capabilities of the mentor.

Who can be a mentor?

NIBA identifies mentors who have a broad range of life and work experiences and display a strong understanding of our industry’s issues. It is vital that mentors are committed to the personal and professional development of their mentee and are prepared to be involved in all aspects of the program. Mentors are required to abide by the NIBA Mentoring Code of Practice at all times.

Who can be a mentee?

NIBA identifies mentees as Young Professionals already working within the industry. For the mentoring process to succeed, mentees need to:

  • Take responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Be open to different perspectives
  • Take on the challenges and tasks set as part of the program
  • Be able to accept appropriate feedback and coaching

Who decides who will be admitted into the program?

The State Mentoring Committees review all applications and oversees the matching process. They will advise you if you are accepted into the program. Please note that applying does not mean automatic acceptance, but if you are not accepted the first time around your application will be considered for participation in future programs.

How are the mentors and mentees matched?

The State Mentoring Committees review all applications submitted by both potential mentors and mentees. They are matched according to participants’ objectives and backgrounds. This is an industry-wide program and the committee will only match participants where there is no obvious potential conflict of interest. As an additional safeguard the mentee’s workplace supervisor/employer will be advised of the mentor who has been matched with their staff member. Their consent is required before the program commences.

Can this be used as an employment program?

No, this program is strictly designed as an industry program. Mentors are not there for career consultation. It is expected that mentors and mentees are professionals and respect their colleagues in the industry. All participants must adhere to the guidelines and the program Code of Practice.

Is there a cost to be involved in the program?

With thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to provide this program at no cost to you or your employer. However, because your time and commitment is required, please ensure that you discuss this with your employer. We require the permission of mentee’s workplace supervisor/employer to participate in the program.

What is required of me?

  • Attendance: Both mentors and mentees are required to attend all three workshop sessions throughout the program.
  • Time: Meetings between mentors and mentees are flexible and should be arranged by mutual consent. From the experience and recommendations of previous program participants mentors and mentees should plan to meet every week for approximately 1 hour during the 12-week program.

Where do we meet?

The meeting location is decided between the mentor and mentee. The location should be convenient and time effective for all parties. The structured workshops are usually held in a convenient, central location. You will be advised of these details before the program commences.

What is the process for the program?

The program will run for 12 weeks. During this time there are three structured sessions which all mentors and mentees are required to attend. All participants receive a program handbook which has been designed as a platform to guide you through the program.

Program Structure

Introductory Workshop Week 1
Mentor/Mentee meetings Week 2 - 4
Workshop 2 Week 5
Mentor/Mentee meetings Week 6 - 11
Final Workshop Week 12

What happens if I have a conflict with my mentor/mentee?

Should you experience any issues which you are unable to resolve, you should contact your local mentoring committee or the NIBA Mentoring Coordinator at any time during the course of the program.

Can I withdraw from the program at any time?

The mentor or mentee can withdraw from the program at any time by providing notice in writing. However, as numbers are limited, we expect you complete the program in good faith.

Who to contact

For more information on the next program in your region, contact Arianne Bath on (02) 9459 4316 or email abath@niba.com.au