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G&S launches award to honour early mentors

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ENGINEERS WHO have guided and encouraged younger colleagues through the early stages of their careers will be recognised later this year.

The ICE Graduates & Students National Committee (GSNC) has instigated an award for mentors who provide exemplary support.

Student, graduate or technician members can nominate someone who has helped them achieve personal or professional goals for the inaugural ICE mentor of the year award.

GSNC chairman Phil HardyBishop said: 'We felt it would be good to have an award as it would promote the supervising engineer and bring them to the front of the training package.

'Your supervising engineer should be your mentor, rather than just someone who sends you from job to job.' Mentors nominated do not have to be affi liated to the ICE in any way and the winner will join their nominee at the ICE Fellows' Dinner to receive the award.

Hardy-Bishop said companies stand to benefit through highlighting the success of their mentoring programmes.

If the firm employing the winning mentor trumpets the recognition 'other companies will take an interest and the award will take off', he said.

He added that nominations will be assessed by those in the best position to judge - graduates and students themselves.

To nominate their career guru, students, graduates and technicians should submit a report on one side of A4 paper explaining their choice.

Closing date for applications is 31 July, after which date the judging panel will select the leading five contenders.

Interviews and briefings at One Great George Street will follow in August. The winner will be presented with the award by ICE president Colin Clinton.

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