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New mentor programme will support development of airport professionals

To help tackle the skilled-workforce shortages that are predicted, the AAA launches a mentoring programme focused on sharing expertise with the next generation of airport professionals.

AAA launches a mentoring programme focused on sharing expertise

The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has launched a new mentoring programme to help support professional growth and development within the industry.

The AAA Mentoring Programme 2019, which is facilitated by The Art of Mentoring, works by pairing airport professionals with experienced mentors.

AAA Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Wilkie, said the programme has been specifically designed to build leadership capacity and contribute to the future success of the industry.

“For airports to thrive, they need great leadership, and the AAA Mentoring Programme will prepare aspiring leaders to achieve their career goals,” Wilkie said. “We are delighted to provide the industry with this fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and develop successful careers.

“As well as benefiting mentees, it offers mentors the chance to contribute back to the profession and further develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.”

Mentoring Programme Chair and former CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport, Peter Pallot, will be officially introducing the programme in an information webinar on 4 June 2019.

“As we journey through our careers, there comes a time where we might have an opportunity to stretch ourselves to become the best we can,” Pallot said. “As a mentor you will have the privilege of building a relationship, sharing experiences and learnings with another passionate colleague and earning the satisfaction knowing you are helping build resilience and talent in our industry.

“As a mentee you will have the exceptional opportunity to work with a talented and experienced airport professional to help guide you in achieving your goals by sharing experience, wisdom and technical expertise.”

The AAA Mentoring Programme is a 12-month programme, from July 2019 to July 2020. Applications close on 28 June 2019.