BY NANCY TOTH, MA
Manager, Professional Development
Results are in from a recent random survey of APEGGA members
on the subject of mentoring. The survey, sent to 2,750 members,
drew a response rate of greater than 25 per cent.
If one extrapolates the information based on the full APEGGA
membership, there could potentially be about 1,275 members
interested in being mentored and more than 2,700 members willing
to provide mentoring.
These numbers are very promising. They point to a need for
us to develop more tools for mentoring.
The software company Colaboro conducted the survey. In conjunction
with the survey, and following a demo, APEGGA's Mentoring
Committee is reviewing Colaboro's mentoring software.
The software's major feature is its capacity to match mentors
and protégés based on skill profiles posted
anonymously. Additional benefits include the software's capacity
for the mentor and protégé to set goals and
objectives for the mentoring process.
Each protégé will be charged a nominal fee
for the use of the software. Members of the Mentoring Committee
will be reviewing the generic software program questions and
then revising them to suit APEGGA's needs. The plan is to
roll out the software to a sample group (very likely those
who completed the survey) for a six-month trial period.
The Mentoring Committee hopes to begin the trial in the new
year and then continue to facilitate the service for all interested
A new APEGGA Mentoring Guide is also currently before Council
for review and approval. It will complement the software and
should be available before the end of the year.