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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 17 > IEUA-QNT mentoring program seeks mentees

IEUA-QNT mentoring program seeks mentees

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  • Beginning career teachers interested in our union’s mentoring program can submit expressions of interest until Friday 22 November 2019. 
  • 2020 mentors have already received professional development training to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to guide mentees.
  • Our union’s program was developed to increase members’ access to quality mentoring which may not be provided at the school level. 

Filling the missing mentorship gap

After a successful inaugural year, the IEUA-QNT mentor program is continuing into its second year, with expressions of interest for 2020 mentees open until Friday 22 November 2019. 

In our program, mentees – teachers in the beginning five years of their career – are matched with mentors – teachers with more than five years teaching experience – who have been specially trained for the role.

Our program aims to fill the gap for quality mentoring relationships, which may not be available at the school level, and to set a benchmark for quality mentoring by creating a network of members with an active interest in accessing and providing quality mentoring experiences.

To maintain the quality of our program, 2019 participants have been encouraged to complete a feedback survey so that our union can evaluate the programs strengths and any opportunities to improve. 

Union-won mentor provisions in collective agreements

Our union has won provisions for graduate teachers to access employer-delivered mentoring programs in collective agreements across the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Many schools have implemented mentoring programmes as a strategy to combat attrition and to better support beginning teachers.

However, formal mentoring programmes in schools may leave little to no time for mentors and mentees to fully engage in the process and can often be conflated with induction processes.

This is why our union launched our own mentoring program with specialised training for mentors, so they can provide quality feedback and guidance to early career members.

Join our union program

Our union mentoring program is currently available to members in South-East Queensland and adds a further layer of access to quality mentoring for our members.

Quality mentoring partnerships are some of the most important support networks for early career teachers, providing opportunity for feedback, growth and development.

Mentors and mentees meet once per term throughout the year at our union offices.

Expressions of interest for 2020 mentees should visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020_Mentee_Survey

If you’re a 2019 mentor or mentee and haven’t received a feedback survey link contact IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt on ashmidt@qieu.asn.au or (07) 3839 7020.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.