Applications are now closed for 2018. 

2019 applications will open in december. 


2018 AIFST Mentoring Program

Following on from the successful launch of the Pilot Mentoring Program during 2017, AIFST is pleased to announce the national Mentoring Program roll out. 


Why join the program?

Mentoring provides an opportunity for student and graduate members to learn from more established Institute members. It is also a way for older members to “give back” to the industry in a practical manner. Being in a mentoring pair provides a platform to showcase the scope and diversity of roles within the sector to emerging food science professionals.

Established programs in other sectors have also indicated that participating in a mentoring program can improve “employability soft skills”, can improve self-confidence of participants and assists in building a professional network.  From an organisational perspective, companies that are involved with mentoring programs can benefit from a social investment perspective and better employee engagement. 


What does being in the program mean for a Mentee?

Being a part of the program for 2018 will mean that you get the chance to connect with a mentor or mentee over a six month period, running from March till September 2018 culminating in a wrap up function at the AIFST Convention. How frequently you meet up can be determined together; the Institute suggests at least once a month.There will also be check in sessions with the other mentees involved in the program.  This will be a chance for you to get to hear from others in the program and share challenges and successes. The check-in sessions will be available via our online meeting platform for those who will not be able to make it in person. It is important to note that the program is designed to help you develop professional, employable and social skills. The program is not intended to teach technical skills, be used for job hunting or recruitment, to help with personal problems or to provide cheap labour.


What does being in the program mean for a Mentor? 

As a Mentor, you will be sharing your insight and experience to helpyour Mentee develop key professional skills.

How can I take part?

The AIFST Mentoring Program is only open to current financial members. To become a mentor or mentee, please complete the appropriate form below and email through to [email protected]. Applications must be received by COB Wednesday 28 February 2018


Key Dates

Program length - 6 Months (16 March - 11 September 2018)

5.00pm, 28 February 2018: Applications close

5.30pm – 6.30pm,16 March 2018: Induction session

  • The Induction session will be held via video conference, with a physical meeting at the AIFST offices in Sydney for those that can attend

5.30pm – 6.30pm, 24 May 2018: Mentee check-in session

5.30pm – 6.30pm, 25 May 2018: Mentor check-in session

12 September 2018: Wrap up session, AIFST convention