National award for mentor program

Victoria University has taken top prize for its Supply Chain Management Industry Mentor Program, in the Training, Education & Development category, at the 2012 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards.

The Mentor Program promotes excellence, develops leadership and initiative, and strongly supports career development, whilst nurturing talent for the future of the SCM industry.

It was developed by VU's Dr John Hopkins and Peter Folino, and matches undergraduate and postgraduate supply chain management students with senior industry professionals. The voluntary program benefits students by broadening their industry knowledge and ideas, enabling professional network development, and improving mentees' confidence in their ability to make the transition from university to working life.

Dr Hopkins said, "We're overwhelmed to have won this award. It is high praise indeed for the hard work everyone has put into the program in making it a success, and reaffirms VU's position as a leading academic force in the area of supply chain management education."

Peter Folino said, "I'm delighted with the awards this program has won and even more thrilled to hear students tell me how much their employability and career awareness have improved as a result of taking part."

Industry mentors for the program are sourced from a variety of sectors including retail, transport, energy and shipping, and are matched with students according to mentees' interests and area of specialisation.

Launched in 2011 with a total of six industry mentors and nine student mentees, the 2012 program has already more than doubled in size, and includes partner organisations as: Linfox; Kraft; Fosters; QR National; Damco; ANL; Sugar Australia; Myer; Coynes Freight Management Group; and Armaguard.

In October, the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia also recognised VU's Mentor Program with its 2012 Victorian Training, Education and Development Award.


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