YTP-led mentoring programme proves popular
ITSNZ & YTP Successfully Launch New Mentoring Programme
More than 60 mentors and mentees sign up as programme launches to connect experienced industry leaders with emerging talent.
Months of work by committee members of the ITSNZ-supported YTP cumulated in a highly successful launch of the new mentoring programme. The launch event featured a keynote presentation from Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh(pictured below), a Director of Women in Tech and Senior Lecturer at AUT focussed on AI, who outlined why she champions the value of great mentoring relationships.
There is clear enthusiasm for the programme, demonstrated by the high number of registrants for a new programme and gauging from the positive feedback of those participating in the launch. The launch was an opportunity for mentees and mentors to be introduced to each other for the first time, engaging in some ice-breaker activities.
"We're thrilled with the response, it has been great to see such a great intake for a new programme." says Co-Chair of YTP, Amy Strang (pictured right).
"The feedback from the launch has been fantastic and we look forward to hearing the success stories as the programme progresses. I'd like to give a special thanks to Amelia Samandari and Alvin Li for their significant effort in getting this up and running, to Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh for her wonderful presentation at the launch and to everyone else on the ITSNZ Board and YTP Committee who have played their part in bringing this to life."
For ITSNZ, the mentoring programme represents a significant diversification of value to members. Chair Mike Rudge explains, "Knowledge sharing is a core objective for ITSNZ, this is an exciting new knowledge sharing initiative, which we expect will develop a greater understanding of our sector by those starting out on their careers."
"The new mentoring programme spearheaded by our YTP committee responds directly to feedback from ITSNZ members who clearly communicated the need to facilitate skills development and to encourage young people to consider career paths within ITS."