The Procurement Mentorship Program

Mentorship programs are an invaluable part of the development of any professional.  It encourages the sharing of knowledge, experience and wisdom, while also helping to foster a sense of community amongst the sector.

The procurement field is a young and rapidly expanding field of activity in Local Government in NSW. Participants in the Procurement Leadership Program in 2013 identified mentoring as a priority to support the development of new professionals working across the State and strengthen peer networks and support. The Procurement Mentorship Program offers an opportunity for staff across councils working in any area of procurement to work with more experienced procurement professionals on a one-to-one basis, tailored to suit the individual mentor and mentee. 

The program aims to support mentees in developing:

  • Their personal skills and capabilities
  • Strategies to assist them to be successful in their work, delivering on their own objectives and driving change in their organisations
  • Their professional development and career paths.

Benefits

For Councils

Councils can build their capacity by providing a practical program to develop the skills and capacity of their procurement staff.

For Mentors

Mentors have the opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of the sector by passing on their knowledge & experience to others.

For Mentees

Mentees have the opportunity to gain independent, objective perspectives and enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence.

How does the program work?

  • Register if you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee 
  • You can request a mentor or you will be assigned an appropriate mentor by LGP
  • Mentors and mentees will be provided with an information kit, program guidance and strategies to help make the experience beneficial for both parties
  • Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to meet once per month (face to face, telephone or skype)
  • Participants will initially be contacted to review progress.

Who should participate?

Mentors

Anyone who works (or has recently worked) in procurement or related fields in council (or in related sectors) who feels they may have some experience and knowledge to offer newer members of the sector.  Mentors can be at any level and do not need to be highly experienced, they just need to have something to offer and be willing and interested to share what they know with others.  Mentors can also be identified from outside of the sector.

Mentees

Anyone who works in procurement (or a related field) within council and wants to advance their skills and capabilities and progress their careers.

How to become a Mentor or Mentee?

To become involved in the program, register your interest as a mentor or mentee below.

Mentors register here.

Mentees register here.

If you have any questions please contact Emma Murray at LGP on 02 8270 8710.

The Local Government Procurement Mentoring Hub

Mentors and mentees have access to the mentoring hub, an online resource that provides a suite of e-learning resources, which include:

  • e-learning modules
  • video education
  • fact sheets
  • mentoring conversation maps
  • tools
  • templates
  • global resource links.

Login to the Local Government Procurement Mentoring Hub  
Please note that a username and password is required to view the resources.  Access is provided to mentors and mentees that are registered as part of the program.