Office for the Public Sector


For Mentors

Flexibility for the Future - Mentoring

Through Flexibility for the Future program new trainees and graduates are provided a network of supports to assist them develop their skills and knowledge.

Mentors are an important part of this network, providing support and advice to graduates and trainees as new employees of the South Australian Government.

What is mentoring?

Workplace mentoring is a professional support and learning partnership between employees – usually someone more experienced and knowledgeable (mentor) and someone less experienced (mentee).

The mentor-mentee relationship exists outside of formal reporting and line management arrangements.  The professional relationship provides opportunities for professional and personal growth for both mentors and mentees. Mentors share their professional knowledge and experience with mentees to support mentees develop their own professional capabilities and career pathways.

Who are we looking for?

  • SA Public Sector employees who can support new trainees and graduate program participants by sharing their experiences as a former trainee or graduate.
  • Any SA Public Sector employees who are passionate and willing to contribute to the development of young people entering into the Public Sector.

Benefits of being a mentor include:

  • Recognition of your skills and experience
  • Exposure to fresh perspective, ideas and approaches
  • The opportunity to develop your coaching, leadership and professional conversation skills
  • Ability to link learnings from being a mentor to your own professional and personal development goals
  • The reward of having helped to shape and develop a young person’s professional career
  • Inclusion of your mentor program participation in your professional development plan

Role of the mentor is to:

  • Develop an open and trusting relationship
  • Support the mentee to develop their understanding of working in the public sector
  • Exemplify the public sector values in practice
  • Provide guidance and support through difficult situations
  • Help develop professional capabilities and assist in career and personal goal setting

What will I do as a mentor?

  • Mentors will support an individual, or a group of up to three trainees or graduates at a time.
  • A time commitment of one hour per month is needed for mentors to meet with their mentee(s)
  • Mentor meetings are held over a 10 month duration
  • Mentors facilitate professional conversations during their meetings to develop their mentees understanding of the Public Sector
  • Mentors provide support and assist their mentees to develop their own professional capabilities and professional goal setting.
  • Mentors will be provided an induction session facilitated by the Office for the Public Sector Employment Programs
  • Mentors will be invited to ‘Mentor Check-In Sessions’ hosted by The Institute of Public Administration (IPAA).


How do I become a mentor?

Please complete the Mentor Registration form and Profile form and email to [email protected] along with your current CV.

Please note

  • Your Mentor Personal Profile, will be shared with your allocated mentee(s) prior to your first meeting.
  • If you have elected to support a group, you may be allocated mentees at different time as commencement dates vary.

If you have any further queries regarding the mentor program, please contact Carly Vivian on 8429 5445 or Shellie Strike on 8429 5615, alternatively you can email [email protected]

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