Frequently asked questions

What does PACE stand for?

PACE stands for Positive Action towards Career Engagement.

How much time will it take up?

The PACE Mentoring Program is a four-month commitment. It is recommended that you meet with your mentee approximately 6-8 times within the four-month period. This is negotiated between you and may be dependent on your mentee's goals.

What do mentors and mentees do together?

The main activity between you and your mentee will be conversation. You will talk about their experiences, goals, plans, skills, and career and education pathways. Other activities may include:

  • Reviewing resume and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Worksite visits
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Discussing workplace adjustments
  • Building confidence

How should mentors and mentees communicate?

You and your mentee will work out how best to arrange meeting and communicate with each other. This will happen at your first meeting. We recommend the majority of the sessions take place at your workplace.

Who should manage the relationship?

Once you have been matched with your mentee, the initial contact should be made by them. At the first meeting you will agree the meeting dates, times and goals for the program. Your mentee will be responsible for recording all the actions and outcomes after each meeting and monitoring their progress.

What are the key aspects to ensure the mentoring is successful?

  • Setting realistic and measurable goals
  • Maximising the time available
  • Honesty between mentor and mentee
  • Mutual respect
  • Clear expectations and open communication

Is PACE part of our membership with AND?

PACE is only available to members of AND.

Employers have a number of options in engaging with the program. Contact Isabel Heiner, Program Manager on 03 9621 2276 or isabel.heiner@and.org.au to discuss the Pilot, Introductory and Full Package options.

If a mentee requires an adjustment that incurs a cost, e.g. having an Auslan Interpreter present for the mentoring sessions, there is an expectation that these will be covered by the member organisation, along with any associated expenses such as meals or coffees.

How do I know if I am eligible to be a mentor?

Mentors must be employed by one of AND’s member organisations.

There are no specific qualifications required to be a mentor. We ask that you are prepared to donate your time to share your experiences, skills and knowledge with your mentee.

At the beginning of the program, you are both required to sign an agreement stating you will respect each other’s time, privacy and be open in communication.

How are mentors recruited?

Most of our member organisations recruit mentors through their volunteer program, diversity team or corporate social responsibility team.

Disability Employee Networks, internal newsletters and intranets are also a good way to promote the opportunity.

How are mentees recruited?

Mentees are recruited from a number of avenues.

Currently we recruit students with disability through our contacts within universities across the country and jobseekers with disability who are registered with Disability Employment Services.

Anyone who is eligible to be a mentee can apply directly to us as well.

Find out more

To discuss your interest in the program, please contact Isabel Heiner, Program Manager on 03 9621 2276 or isabel.heiner@and.org.au