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Mentoring Program launched for 2020

Please email ojb@ccfnsw.com or call Olivia on (02) 9009 4000 if you are interested in joining Round 4, beginning in 2021.

Full details on the mentoring program for 2020 can be downloaded here.

Giving support to other women in the industry. Sharing experiences and ideas. Making new connections. Provides a new purpose and inspiration for mentors

Mentor

CCF NSW Women in Civil Program

The CCF NSW Women in Civil Mentoring Program forms part of the Civil Contractors Federation NSW’s Women in Civil Program, which was launched in June 2017 to provide an environment of support for women to encourage them to join and remain in the NSW civil construction and maintenance industry.

The Women in Civil Program was designed with two goals in mind

       
  • To boost the number of women involved in the civil contracting industry
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  • To provide an environment of support for women and encourage them to join and remain in the NSW civil construction and maintenance industry

CCF NSW commissioned research by BIS Oxford Economics in 2018 estimated that total civil infrastructure spending in NSW will increase to $179 billion over a 10-year forecast. At a time when the NSW Government is spending record amounts on infrastructure, the civil construction and maintenance industry is facing critical labour shortages, and we need to grow our workforce to ensure projects are going to be delivered.

Females are grossly underrepresented in the high-demand labour areas we have in our industry. A Workplace Gender Equality Agency[1] survey found that in 2015 only 12.98 percent of the Heavy and Civil Construction sector’s workforce was made up of females, compared to an average of 49 percent for all industries surveyed. The CIVIL construction industry has just 4.2% women in civil-related roles (excluding administrative/clerical) (CCF survey, 2017). This presents a significant opportunity for the civil contracting industry if we can attract and retain women into the skill areas we need.

The civil construction and maintenance industry must ensure that it has a safe and welcoming place for females to land. Women will neither come nor stay in the numbers the industry needs if they do not manifestly receive this support. 


    APPLY FOR THE NEXT ROUND:

    To register your interest for the next round, complete a Mentee Application Form and provide the supporting documents required. The information provided will be used to assess your eligibility for the program.

    Submissions are now being accepted for Round 4 2021. More information will be provided soon! 

    For more information

    Contact the CCF NSW at ccfnsw@ccfnsw.com 

     

The CCF NSW Women in Civil Program includes six elements:

       
  • Mentoring Program to match inexperienced women with highly experienced women and men in leadership
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  • Facilitation of networking forums through our Virtual Community initiative (regional NSW focus).
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  • Identification and heralding of female ‘champions’, including our Women in Civil Excellence Award.
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  • The launch of our www.careerincivil.com website which has a very deliberate focus on encouraging females to join the industry.
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  • Informing both school students and parents that the civil industry can be an excellent career option for females.
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  • An Employers for Women in Civil initiative, which asks employers to publicly commit to supporting women in their businesses with CCF NSW and the NSW Government. 

 


Chance to interact with people you would not normally meet or work with. Great way to learn from others and to see the great 'girl power' in the industry

Mentee

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a considered as one of the most effective tools in people development. It typically involves the mentoring of a less experienced individual (mentee) by an experienced person (the mentor).  Mentoring is described as follows:

“Mentoring is the relationship which gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences, and to grow and develop in the process.

Typically, it is a one-to-one relationship between a more experienced and a less experienced employee.  It is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.”[2]

Mentoring provides a range of benefits for all the parties involved, as summarised below:

 

Mentees

       
  • Increased skills and knowledge
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  • Fulfil personal learning/growth/ learning
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  • Supportive environment
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  • Career advancement and mobility
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  • Develop professional skills and self confidence
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  • Insights into culture and unwritten rules of industry

Mentors

       
  • Access to new ideas and development
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  • Satisfaction from contributing to mentee’s development
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  • Improved interpersonal skills, modelling
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  • Ability to share experiences and knowledge
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  • Recognition

Employers

       
  • Increased staff retention
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  • Greater advancement of minority and female staff
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  • Increased productivity in all areas

Industry

       
  • Access to untapped skills
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  • Develop capacity of female employees
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  • Diversity improves outcomes (different perspectives and attitudes)

 

 


 

About the CCF NSW mentoring Program

The CCF NSW Women in Civil Mentoring Program is a structured nine month program designed for women in the civil infrastructure industry who seek support and guidance. They will be paired with highly experienced men and women who are willing to commit time and energy to help them with their professional development. In summary the Program involves the following:

       
  • Mentors and Mentees are required to participate in two 2-3 hour events - Program kick-off and Program close – both of which will be delivered via webinars, and will include training and networking opportunities. 

  • The Mentors and Mentees must meet at least monthly in mentoring sessions.
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  • Participants are drawn from CCF NSW Members.
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  • It is a NSW-wide Program, and has been designed to encourage regional participation.
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  • Mentors and mentees will be expected to be in contact at least monthly during the program.
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  • Mentoring sessions may be done virtually or face to face depending on location and personal preference.
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  • CCF NSW will match mentees to mentors according to mentees’ application details.
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  • Mentors will be assigned to the mentee for the duration of the Program. However, if your mentor/mentee relationship is not working, CCF NSW will endeavour to assign new partners – subject to availability.
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  • Either party may dissolve the relationship at any time during the mentoring Program. 
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  • To obtain maximum benefit from the Program, participants are strongly encouraged to attend both events in person – to allow for meeting assigned mentoring partners, and to establish a networking group with other participants.
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  • During and at the end of the Program you will be required to provide anonymous feedback on the Program to CCF NSW.
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  • CCF NSW will support both mentors and mentees by providing training, helpful templates, tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials.
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  • CCF NSW will host opportunities to meet, support, and learn from each other across the Program
        (mentors and mentees).
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  • Participation in the Program will be free of charge to mentees, however events may require a cost recovery fee for meals and drinks.
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  • Mentors are volunteers - they are not paid and there is no fee for their participation.
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  • The program will be managed by CCF NSW, supported by the CCF NSW Women in Civil Working Group.


It helped to develop a sense of community and the speakers were really good

Mentor

What can I expect?

Mentor

You will act as a resource to guide the mentee in their career development. A mentor’s role is to inspire, encourage and support their mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.

The mentor’s role includes:

       
  • Taking the lead in supporting a less experienced person through one-to-one mentoring sessions
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  • Discussing your mentee's career aspirations, helping set goals and developing strategies towards accomplishing them
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  • Offering constructive guidance on skills to improve career performance and progression
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  • Acting as a positive role model
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  • Helping to build a mentee’s confidence, self-esteem and motivation to build her career


What it isn’t?  Mentors are NOT teachers, mind readers or problem solvers.

 


It is good to have external contact in the industry, to have another person to talk with another perspective

Mentee

Mentee

You will have access to a mentor who will aim to support, inspire and encourage, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You will have an opportunity to gain the skills and confidence required to build your career, as well as strengthening your professional network.  

Mentoring does NOT mean teaching – your mentor WILL NOT be teaching you how to do your day-to-day activities at your place of work. Training you how to do your job always remains the responsibly of your employer.  

A mentee’s role includes:

       
  • Considering and communicating with your mentor your career aspirations and mentoring goals
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  • Preparing for mentoring sessions - reflecting on professional challenges and achievements, and evaluating progress between sessions
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  • Listening, sharing ideas and contributing to mentoring sessions
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  • Accepting constructive feedback and understanding that your mentor does not always have all the answers

Will I get training?

Yes, CCF NSW will provide mentors and mentees with training and materials to prepare for mentoring sessions.

 

 


 

Application Process

Who can apply? 

To be a mentee, you need to be:

       
  • A woman who works for a CCF NSW Contractor Member organisation, and may be employed in a part-time or full-time role.  
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  • Available for the duration of the Program

  • Committed to attend the start and close out events
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  • Committed to attend/participate in all Program webinar-enabled events
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  • Committed to participate and prepare for at least monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions with your mentor
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  • Prepared to provide confidential feedback in anonymous surveys to help us improve the Program
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  • Committed to abide by the Women in Civil Mentoring Program Code of Conduct (refer Appendix A below)
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  • Willing to be named as a mentee in the Program’s promotion by CCF NSW

NOTE: Mentors may also apply to be a mentee.

To be a mentor, you need to be:

       
  • A female or male who is currently employed in a management, supervisory or ownership role in a CCF NSW Member organisation
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  • Available for the duration of the Program
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  • Committed to attend/participate in all Program webinar-enabled events
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  • Committed to participate and prepare for at least monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions with mentee
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  • Prepared to provide confidential feedback in anonymous surveys to help us improve the Program
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  • Committed to abide by the Women in Civil Mentoring Program Code of Conduct (refer Appendix A below)
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  • Willing to be named as a mentor in the Program’s promotion by CCF NSW


    How do I apply?


    Appendix A: Code of Conduct

         
    1. We will abide by the CCF NSW Code of Conduct
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    3. We will, at all times, strictly adhere to the confidentiality and privacy of Program participants
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    5. We will be open and truthful in all communications
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    7. We will maintain a professional mentor-mentee relationship
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    9. We will treat others within the Program with respect and recognise different cultures and ideas
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    11. We will respect each other’s time and responsibilities and will not impose beyond what is reasonable
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    13. We will support the Program’s promotion
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    15. We will focus on the Program’s goals, and will not denigrate other employers or workplaces
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    17. A mentor shall always strive to act in a mentee’s best interests and will not place any other party’s interests above the mentee’s interests
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    19. A mentor shall not provide any medical, mental health or legal advice to a mentee
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    21. A mentee is ultimately accountable for her own actions, and responsibility for choosing a specific course of action belongs to the mentee, not to the mentor
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    23. Either party may choose not to be matched to a particular mentor or mentee without having to provide a reason
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    25. Either party may dissolve the relationship at any time throughout the period of the mentoring relationship
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    27. It is the mentor’s and mentee’s responsibility to advise CCF NSW if they no longer wish to participate
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    29. We will promptly report observations of any participant behaving in a manner that violates the Code of Conduct
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    31. CCF NSW may suspend or terminate participation of any party in the program if it is deemed that this Code of Conduct has been violated
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    33. The Program may be extended to up to 9 months, at the mentor’s discretion, and subject to CCF NSW Approval

    [1]Gender Reporting Information required for reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012

    [2] Employments Equity & Diversity Public Employment Office; NSW Premier’s Department (2004)