Demand for Additional Mentor Training Course

Demand for Additional Mentor Training Course

An increase in interest by people wishing to undertake mentor training to help the youth of the Hunter Region is resulting in the Mentor Support Network holding a second training course.

Mentor Support Network (MSN) provides training, professional development and networking for mentors and originally held an initial training course in March after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the organisation’s training schedule in 2020.

Course Facilitator, Matt Linnert, said the March course was fully booked and MSN has decided to run a second course because of unmet demand.

Matt  said that MSN’s mentor training program aims to provide mentors and potential mentors with the knowledge and skills required for youth mentoring.

Details of the training day are:

Date: Friday 18 June 2021

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Venue: Soul Café (above Westpac Bank), Cnr Hunter & Watt Streets, Newcastle

Catering: Morning tea and lunch provided

Fee: $20 per person for MSN members; $60 per person for non-members which includes 12-month MSN membership

Details about registering for the training course can be found on Eventbrite.

Matt said more than 300 people have participated in one of MSN’s mentor training courses which aim to empower and enable individuals to develop skills and confidence in their mentoring capabilities.

He said feedback from those attending the March course has been encouraging and that additional people had inquired about attending a course following MSN being back into full operation in delivering training programs after the impact of COVID-19 last year.

“Being a mentor can be a wonderfully fulfilling experience. As a mentor, you share your knowledge, skills and life experience with young people, supporting them to learn, grow and reach their potential,” said Matt.

“Mentors help young people better cope with the challenges of school, work experience, career choices, and may direct them to support for personal and family issues.”

The June training course is being offered over one day with some of the topics including: What is ‘mentoring’, the aim or goal of mentoring, motivation for being a mentor, roles and responsibilities of a mentor, the phases of a mentoring relationship, self-care, support and development for mentors and pathways for mentors - where and who to mentor.

Matt, who has been mentoring for more than 18 years, knows first-hand how beneficial mentoring can be to both mentors and mentees and is looking forward to supporting his fellow mentors to develop their skills, connections and confidence.

“MSN is offering a great training course for a worthwhile cause and I’m looking forward to facilitating what should be a great day,” said Matt.

He said MSN was fortunate that the training course was possible because of the generous support of Port Waratah Coal Services which also sponsored the March course.