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

Please also check out the video below of mentor Petra detailing her experience of the program.

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 Application Form 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