LASA has launched an exciting new Mentoring Program to support current and emerging leaders in age services—an Australian-first that will help future-proof the industry.
A forward-thinking response to workforce challenges, the program will streamline professional development opportunities and provide supports for talented professionals, to help develop and retain skilled staff.
“With increasing demand for services and an ageing workforce we must attract, develop and retain emerging leaders,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.
“Fundamental to this is to ensure emerging leaders have access to development opportunities to achieve their professional goals and to develop their skills.
“With many current and emerging leaders feeling they are under-prepared for roles and ill-equipped for industry challenges they are looking for guidance and support.
“Our new mentoring program will be a game-changer for the industry, providing a structured framework to build skills, confidence and capacity in age services, not just now but for years to come.”
The LASA Mentoring Program is a five-month partnership and online training program, which is available to age services employees Australia-wide.
The carefully curated scheme gives Mentees access to one-on-one support and guidance from highly experienced industry Mentors.
Mentees will be matched with a Mentor outside their organisation to support collaboration and connection and to build strong personal networks across the age services industry.
There are also online resources and coaching available to help Mentees develop their skills, reach their career goals and get the maximum benefit from the program.
LASA has designed the program to make the experience effortless and rewarding, with weekly check-ins, conversation starters and accessible resources to help participants get the most out of their mentoring relationship.
“The LASA Mentoring Program offers a unique opportunity within our industry, that until now has not been available,” said Mr Rooney.
“There has never been a more important time to focus on developing and retaining talented age services professionals.
“They are the people who will help us transform and sustain our industry as a thriving, energetic and innovative enabler for ageing well into the future.”
Mentoring through the Program is due to begin in April.
About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.
We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.
Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.
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