The Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables Initiative is seeking mentors and mentees from the renewable energy industry to be part of a new e-mentoring program conducted by the Australian Women in Resources Alliance.

Women in Renewables chair Natalie Collard said the mentoring process offers “knowledge sharing and support for career progression at its best”.

“We are aiming to make our young and dynamic industry even stronger by enabling women in renewable energy to grow, flourish and learn from others through online paired e-mentoring,” Collard said.

“Having experienced the growth myself from both having and now being a mentor, these kinds of opportunities are incredibly valuable for those on both sides of the relationship.”

Collard said while the program was aimed at developing female renewable energy professionals, the Clean Energy Council is seeking both women and men to be involved as mentors.

“We’re calling on women and men in the industry to nominate themselves as mentors. By doing so they’re making a commitment to empower women and close the gender gap in the renewable energy industry. Through the e-mentoring process we hope to unlock a wealth of professional and personal potential for the industry,” she said.

The e-mentoring program runs for nine-months, with the mentee having access to online modules, webinars and handbooks throughout this time. There will be five intakes from February to June 2018 with the relationship beginning once the Australian Women in Resources Alliance pairs the mentee and mentor.

Eligibility and acceptance into the program is determined by the Australian Women in Resources Alliance.

Expression of interest forms for mentors and mentees are available online. For further information please see the Women in Renewables page at cleanenergycouncil.org.au.