Welcome to the EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme

Year 2 Applications Open From 1st April 2024

Mentees Apply HERE

 The EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programming aims to provide a supportive professional development connection between association members at different stages in their career. A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. A mentor may help with exploring career development, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. Together, you can chart a path with the ultimate aim of giving the mentee a strong foundation for the next stage in their career.

The  EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme will supports mentoring opportunities over 12 months.  

How it Works:

  1. Applications for mentees open 1st April 2024 There will be three places available in Year 2. Closing date for applications Friday 10th May. A telephone interview with the Mentoring Programme Supervisor (Keith Parker) may be required.
  2. By 7th June you will have been matched with your Mentor and an introductory meeting will take place.
  3. Monthly meetings thereafter until June 2025 when a final report will be required.
  4. Mentees will attend the 2025 End of Year Conference and present on their experience. It is expected that their employer will fund their travel and registration.
  5. We'll assess the exact needs of our selected mentees and match them with a mentor who can work with them on their shared goals. If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please reach out to either Keith Parker or GM Sally-Anne Coates.


Mentee applicants are welcome from any age and career stage and is suitable for applicants seeking a focussed venues industry specific professional development opportunity.

Why become a Mentee?

  • Contribute to your Professional development
  • Broaden your perspective and your network
  • Identity and address gaps in your knowledge and skills base
  • Receive timely feedback and advice from an impartial party vested in your success
  • Receive encouragement and support for growth and improvement

The role of the Mentee

  • Commit to a minimum of a monthly 1hr session over the programme duration
  • Take responsibility for scheduling the sessions at mutually convenient times
  • Be clear on your goal/s for this mentor programme and communicate them openly
  • Actively contribute to discussions
  • Seek and accept constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to EVANZ on your mentee experience to help refine the programme


We’re seeking to recruit experienced leaders from within the venues industry across a range of disciplines and areas of expertise. 

Why become a Mentor?

  • Contribute to your professional development
  • Give back to the industry by sharing your skills and experience
  • Help grow the next wave of venue professionals
  • Make a difference by helping others achieve their goals
  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills

The role of the Mentor

  • Commit to a minimum monthly session over the programme duration
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Build confidence
  • Coach and help problem-solve
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Admit when something is out of your area of expertise
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to EVANZ on your mentor experience to help refine the programme

Application to become a Mentee

Complete the online application form which includes the following:

  • Name
  • Contact details (email / phone)
  • Current organisation and role
  • What are your main objectives in participating in the EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme?
  • Are there particular skills or areas of expertise that you are seeking from a Mentor?
You will also need a letter of support or endorsement from your manager.

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