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2024 AfMA Mentor Program now closed

The 2024 AfMA Member Mentoring Program

The AfMA mentoring program supports AfMA’s mission of linking people and knowledge to create outcomes by bringing industry participants together who can benefit from, and develop each others knowledge and experience.

The 2022 and 2023 programs have provided members with fantastic opportunities to network, expand their professional knowledge, develop their careers and contribute to the industry. The program is flexible and areas of focus are determined by the participants.

AfMA are very pleased to announce that applications for mentees and mentors are now open to join the 2024 Program. You must be an Individual member or work for a Organisational member to be eligible.

What is Mentoring?

“Mentoring is an alliance of two people that creates a space for dialogue which results in reflection, action and learning for both”

– Anne Rolfe
Australia’s most published author on mentoring

Why Launch a Mentoring Program?

The AfMA Mentoring Program is an important initiative that supports the professional and personal development of its members and the industry.

The fleet and automotive industries are experiencing significant change while recent events have seen many of us reconsider our personal priorities. This program provides a confidential, non-judgemental environment where mentees can explore their professional and personal priorities, goals and outcomes with like-minded industry people, through participation in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Why Join a Mentoring Program?

The benefits of joining the AfMA Mentoring Program Include:

  • Building and expanding personal and industry profile and networks
  • Growing and challenging your thinking and the thinking of others
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) development
  • Understanding your industry and its challenges from another perspective
  • Enhancing interpersonal leadership and management skills
  • Being a strategic thought partner
  • Enhancing the professionalism of the Fleet and Automotive industries
  • Promoting personal and professional development (creating a safe space for difficult conversations)
  • Depending on the mentors’ skills, so much more than fleet issues will be worked through. Conversations on influencing others, managing up, writing business cases, exploring new ideas, HR and sharing of prior experiences are just some of the topics that can be explored.

What Commitment Is Required of Participants?

  • Signing of a confidentiality agreement, allowing discussions had during the session to be deemed confidential unless stipulated otherwise
  • Signing of a commitment to the program agreement, including attendance at all Program group sessions
  • Fostering of a growth mindset
  • Willingness to share learnings and experience with others
  • Willingness to challenge yourself and what you know
  • Regular reflective practice routine as part of your ongoing individual development
  • Commitment to individual growth and development over the Program
  • Commitment to maintain this mentoring relationship over the full 9 months
  • Commitment to complete a Program survey for the enhancement of future programs

Why Join the Program?

Participants in mentor programs (mentors as well as mentees!) report several benefits from their participation: improved confidence, self-awareness, better presentation skills, active listening skills, feedback skills, more assertive communication, enhanced coaching skills.

How Do I Join the Program?

  • Applications are open for current AfMA members to join as mentees or mentors till the end of February 2024.
  • Participation is by application. This form will request information of both potential mentors and mentees to ensure the best matching of participants.
  • If we do not have a suitable match for you and your goals , we won’t pair you for the sake of putting you in the program.
  • We will let you know by early March whether you have been successful.

General Information

  • Participation is voluntary
  • All Information relating to participants is confidential
  • AfMA will use the information provided on the application forms to match mentors and mentees
  • AfMA will do its best to ensure mentors and mentees are suitably matched
  • A subcommittee of AfMA consisting of staff and members are administering this Program.
  • Participants sign a confidentiality agreement

I’m Interested, What’s Next?

Please submit your application by February 28th  by completing either the Mentor Application or the Mentee Application form. You must be an individual member or work for an organisational member to be eligible. Click here for more information on memberships:

We will be in touch by early March to advise whether you have been successfully matched.

We look forward to having you as part of the program.

Please Contact [email protected] with any questions.

About the Program

The program is a formal relationship over a 9-month period (March 2024 to  November 2024) with a minimum of 6 mentoring sessions to be established by the mentee and the mentor during this time.

It is the Mentee’s responsibility to schedule and organise these meetings. These sessions can be face to face, phone or virtual. A confidentiality agreement is signed by both participants.

Mentees and mentors decide what areas they wish to focus on and how success will be measured. Participants come from all areas of the fleet and auto industries while focus areas are diverse and have included; specific fleet optimisation outcomes, leadership development, career change assistance and cost effective fleet procurement practices. All participants both mentees and mentors are valuing and benefitting from the experience.

Mentors and Mentees must be current AfMA members.

As well as the 6 one on one sessions, the Program will also include three group webinars:

  • A welcome and briefing online session for participants March 2024. In this session, mentees and mentors will learn tips on how to get the most out of their mentoring relationship.
  • A midway check July 2024 to share experiences and review progress with other participants and the program organisers.
  • A final session November 2024 to evaluate the program and its impacts.

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