Rail e-Mentoring Program

Sharing industry knowledge and connecting minds across Australia and New Zealand

Following the success of the ARA’s Women in Rail Mentoring Program and recognising the importance of connecting ARA members during a time when many are working from home, the ARA is launching a new e-Mentoring program that is open to all members. The program will provide participants with a unique opportunity to connect with others within the rail industry, either by sharing their industry insights and practical career advice as a mentor or by taking on the professional development opportunity as a mentee.

The new six-month ARA e-Mentoring program is open to all employees of ARA member organisations and up to 40 mentoring pairs will be selected in 2020. The program will run from July – December 2020.

Participating in a mentoring program can lead to greater job satisfaction, better performance and improved professional confidence.

How the Rail e-Mentoring Program is different from the ARA Women in Rail Mentoring Program
  • The Women in Rail Mentoring Program is aimed at facilitating gender diversity and retention of female employees in the rail industry through empowering women and providing professional and leadership development opportunities. Only women can apply as mentees.
  • The Rail e-Mentoring Program encompasses all gender and age groups and focusses on sharing industry knowledge including specific professional issues.

Both programs facilitate networking and are aimed at connecting the industry, strengthening it despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Program capacity

Up to 40 pairs will be selected in 2020. 

Key dates:


Approx. date

Applications Open 21 April 2020
Program Information Webinar 1 May 2020
Applications Close 25 May 2020
Matching Pairs, Confirmation to Participants 8 June 2020
Program Launch Webinar 22 June 2020
Completion of the Program Mid December 2020

Additional webinars to provide program tips will be scheduled during the program

Who can participate as a mentee?
  • The program is open to employees of ARA member organisations only who have been involved in the rail industry for 24 months or more on the date of application
  • No limitations regarding gender or age
  • Mentees are required to obtain approval from their employer to participate in the Rail e-Mentoring Program. Employers are asked to cover the program cost of their nominated mentee at $350 (incl. GST). The ARA has introduced a special reduced rate to acknowledge the financial pressures being experienced by rail organisations during this time
  • Interested candidates are to submit an application specifying their area of professional interest/potential outcomes as well as responses to other questions for consideration by the ARA
  • The ARA selection committee will seek to ensure a spread of mentees from a variety of ARA member companies, and the most suitable match between mentor and mentee pairs
Who can participate as a mentor?
  • Rail professionals with career experience greater than 10 years (this includes rail and non-rail experience)
  • Employment with an ARA member organisation is mandatory
  • A passion to see people reach their full potential
  • Willingness to share industry specific expertise
  • Good reputation for values and conduct
  • Proven excellent communication skills, with an ability to challenge and encourage mentees and enhance their professional development
  • Personable and outcomes focused
  • High achievers
  • Located anywhere in Australia and New Zealand
  • Capacity to commit time to engage with their mentee 
Program Fees
  • Mentors: Free
  • Mentees: $350 (Incl. GST). This includes participation in the program, webinars and supporting online resources.
Mentoring Program Code of Conduct >>
Program Information Webinar Slides >>

Please contact the ARA with any further enquiries via programs@ara.net.au