New apprentices, trainees and graduates are provided support to assist them develop their skills and knowledge through the allocation of a mentor.

If you have any further queries regarding the Mentor Program, please email

Who are we looking for?

  • South Australian public sector employees who can support new trainees and graduate program participants by sharing their experiences as a former trainee or graduate.
  • Any South Australian public sector employees who are passionate and willing to contribute to the development of young people entering into the public sector.

Benefits of being a mentor include:

  • Recognition of your skills and experience
  • Exposure to fresh perspective, ideas and approaches
  • The opportunity to develop your coaching, leadership and professional conversation skills
  • Ability to link learnings from being a mentor to your own professional and personal development goals
  • The reward of having helped shape and develop a young person’s professional career
  • Inclusion of your mentor program participation in your professional development plan.

Role of the mentor is to:

  • Develop an open and trusting relationship
  • Support the mentee to develop their understanding of working in the public sector
  • Exemplify the public sector values in practice
  • Provide guidance and support through difficult situations
  • Help develop professional capabilities and assist in career and personal goal setting.

What will I do as a mentor?

  • Mentors will support a group of up to three trainees or graduates at a time
  • A time commitment of approximately one hour per month is needed for mentors to meet with their mentees
  • Mentors facilitate professional conversations during their meetings to develop their mentees’ understanding of the South Australian Public Sector
  • Mentors provide support and assist their mentees to develop their own professional capabilities and professional goal setting
  • Mentors attend an information session facilitated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.

How to become a mentor:

To register your interest in becoming a mentor, please complete the Mentor Profile and submit along with the Manager Endorsement Form, which you will be able to attach to the application.

You will then be invited to attend a Mentor Introduction Session where you will learn more about the program and next steps.

For any queries regarding the Mentor Program, please contact the Skilling SA Team at