Mentor Program

Are You Mentor Material?

Mentor programs, because of the increasing number of twenty-somethings in the workplace, are becoming very popular again. But not everyone is suited to be a mentor. Mentoring isn’t just a technique that can be applied to solve problems of training, skills, development and retention. Creating a meaningful mentor/student partnership is an accomplishment. The mentor should have enough experience and contacts to be able to help establish a professional network for the student. The mentor must not be in competition with the student. The student’s intellectual independence from the mentor must be carefully preserved.

The industry will experience a significant loss of professionals to retirement in the next 5-10 years. Mining schools already suffer from a low number of instructors and professors. The SME online mentoring program is an easy, and effective way to guide and assist young professionals. Additionally, for those new to the industry, students, and professionals at the beginning of their career this is an excellent way to get a step ahead. Even seasoned professionals can benefit from a mentor.

Sign up Now! Be a mentor or a mentee or BOTH!


Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasingly popular as its potential is realized. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

To learn more about the SME Mentor Program, download the Mentoring Flyer (PDF).

If you have questions regarding the SME Mentor Program, please contact
Mona Vandervoort, Education Coordinator

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