March 7, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

Business events industry association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has opened applications for 25 mentee spots in its mentoring program for 2023.

Expressions of interest to be mentored close on March 20, with successful applicants – who must be MEA members – to take part in the program through April, May and June.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on their location and skills and are encouraged to meet at least once every fortnight during the program, either in-person or virtually.

MEA CEO Peter McDonald said the program was an investment in the future.

“Our availing this service to those of our members looking to improve their self-worth, career trajectory, and employer value enables them to accomplish those goals.

“They end the program a better version of themselves than the one who started it, more empowered to achieve both professionally and personally.

“Concurrently, a more capacitated and skilled workforce is achieved, better insulating the greater industry against risk factors that could otherwise be its demise,” he said.

The program will have an online platform providing resources, boosting interaction and allowing participants to track their progress.

EventsAIR is the program’s partner, replacing Tourism Australia.

“We’re delighted to play a part in setting up the next generation of the dynamic Australian events industry for successful careers,” said EventsAir’s CEO Chris Ridd.

“We’re looking forward to supporting both the mentees and mentors during the program.

 “EventsAir has a long history of supporting the development of skills for this industry’s entrants, providing graduates globally with comprehensive event management education and certification via our own Rising Star program.

“We have supported more than 7,000 event planners’ journeys to learn their craft and sharpen their skills. We see a strong correlation between our history of industry support and our new alignment with MEA’s Mentor Program.”

Interested members can apply for the initiative by emailing the association.

Mentors in the program are not necessarily MEA members.