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Applications for 2023 Program Closed

The AfMA

Mentoring Program

With the success of the inaugural AfMA Mentoring Program, AfMA are very pleased to announce that applications are now open for our members to join the 2023 Program.

This program successfully 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.

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 10 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 middle of June 2023.

Participation is by application. This form will request information of both potential mentors and mentees to assist with the 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 July 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 June 16th  by completing either the Mentor Application or the Mentee Application.

We will be in touch by early July  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 10-month period (July 2023 to  April 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 July 2023. In this session, mentees and mentors will learn tips on how to get the most out of their mentoring relationship.
  • A midway check November 2023 to share experiences and review progress with other participants and the program organisers.
  • A final session April 2024 to evaluate the program and its impacts.