NIBA Mentoring Program

The Association invites young professional, seasoned brokers, insurers and associated professionals across the insurance industry to participate in the NIBA Mentoring Program.

Overview

The NIBA Mentoring Program is designed to provide young professionals with a greater understanding of the challenges facing the insurance industry, along with a supportive environment that will motivate and inspire them to succeed.

Past program participants have said it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their career.

The program is also a great experience for mentors, many of whom appreciate the opportunity to give back to the industry in a meaningful way.

With the guidance of their mentor, mentees identify and set unique goals to help them progress professionally. Participants are required to attend three workshops and commit to connecting on a weekly basis, in person or over the phone, for the duration of the program.

Program Schedule

The NIBA Mentoring Programs is offered twice a year in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, and with sufficient demand, the program will also run Hobart and Darwin.

If you wish to participate as a Mentor or Mentee, please contact NIBA Mentoring or phone (02) 9459 4311 to express your interest.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Participation in the NIBA Mentoring Program attracts a CPD rating of six points for mentors and mentees. To be eligible for CPD points participants must complete the program and provide evidence of their learning and development outcomes in a presentation during the final workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mentoring?

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

Who can be a mentor?

NIBA mentors have a broad range of life and work experiences and display a strong understanding of industry 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 must:
• 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 process of pairing a mentee with a suitable mentor. The Committee will advise you if you have been accepted into the program. Please note that applying does not guarantee you a place – if you are not accepted in the first instance, you will be considered for future programs.

How are the mentors and mentees paired?

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 or potential conflict of interest. As an additional safeguard the mentee’s workplace supervisor/employer will be advised of their mentor – 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 the mentee’s workplace supervisor/employer to participate in the program.

What is required of me?

Both mentors and mentees are required to attend all three workshop sessions.

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 should be agreed upon by the mentor and mentee – the location should be convenient for all parties. The workshop sessions are usually held in a central location. You will be advised of these details prior to the commencement of the program.

What does the program entail?

The program will run for 12 weeks. During this time there are three workshop sessions, which all mentors and mentees are required to attend. All participants receive a program handbook designed 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 State Mentoring Committee or the NIBA Mentoring Coordinator at any stage 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, participants are expected to complete the program in good faith.

Who should I contact for more information?

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