a) someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced person
b) a trusted counselor or guide
Mentors provide a support system for members who are new to the industry and to the Union. Mentoring means one-on-one contact with new members and offers a way of answering any questions they may have. Having a network of people they can trust helps new members understand their role in the Union and feel more included.
Why mentoring is important:
Mentoring Lead: Rank-and-file member who is the point person for the Mentors in their Local. They will be able to answer questions or connect Mentors with someone who can.
Mentors: Rank-and-file members who will provide guidance and support to new members. Mentors are members who have participated in the UBC Journeyman Leadership program. Read about the benefits of being a mentor here.
Mentee: Someone who is new to the Union and may have questions or need guidance
What is expected of Mentors?
- Monthly check-ins with assigned Mentees by calling, emailing, texting or meeting with the Mentees in person
- Outreach is simply a wellness check, making sure the Mentee hasn’t run into any issues during his or her first few months
- Provide simple encouragement and, if there is an issue or question they cannot answer, contact the Mentoring Lead or a Business Representative in their area for the correct information
- Log each interaction in the Mentoring Log Book
- Meet with Mentoring Lead prior to Local meeting to communicate feedback or challenges