The idea of developing a mentor/mentee relationship in this apprenticeship program is designed to achieve a key goal of apprenticeship completion of the program. Mentor qualifications include perspective mentors having a number of years of experience in the information technology field with a desire to serve in this role. In a CIO Online article titled “How IT Mentors Can Help Advance Your Tech Career,” the author wrote:

Mentors are helpful because, in addition to expertise in their field, they have a network of business professionals and, most importantly, they are willing to share what and who they know. People who mentor are likely to have had mentors at some point who helped them understand their industry better, hone their strengths or sharpen skills.

While it may seem to an observer the mentee seems to get the better part of the deal, the person doing the mentoring gets something out of it, too. He or she can directly impact another person’s life for the better. By helping another person succeed, mentors help create a brighter future for all of us, and gain the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a difference in someone’s life.

The apprenticeship program is designed, when possible, to incorporate the utilization of the mentor/mentee relationship, particularly in circumstances where the mentor and mentee are working for the same employer. The mentor serves an important role, helping to ensure that the apprentice has the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, extending their mentee’s knowledge beyond that typically taught in a classroom setting.

A key project goal is the development of Mentor/Mentee relationships that will continue beyond the term of the program. Potential mentors are encouraged to identify potential apprentices currently working for their employer. Ideal candidates may include recent hires with a basic understanding of computer hardware and software, but in need of more advanced skills like networking, resource security, and risk analysis.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the application by clicking on the link below. Members of the Project team will reach out to you to discuss potential opportunities.