The CIWM Mentoring platform, which went live yesterday (21 May), allows CIWM members seeking a mentor to connect confidentially with more experienced members and fellows.

These senior figures have agreed to volunteer their time and expertise on subjects from developing leadership skills to finding solutions to specific work challenges.

They will also support mentees in progressing towards chartered CIWM member status.

A range of resources including video material is also available to help mentees.

Those interested in receiving mentorship must create a platform profile before they are matched with an appropriate mentor.

Sarah Poulter, chief executive at CIWM, said: “Now more than ever, new and improved skills are a high priority for resource and waste professionals as the sector continues to evolve and play its part in serving and protecting communities and the environment while also delivering on the net zero agenda.

“Connecting with a supportive mentor can be a powerful way of developing your knowledge, expanding your skillset, building your confidence, and, ultimately, boosting your career.

“We are excited to be able to offer this benefit to our members, particularly during these challenging times.”

Lisa Hathaway, principal land quality engineer for NHBC, has already signed up as a mentor and sings the programme’s praises.

“CIWM has been instrumental in helping me throughout my career, including finding a mentor when I initially became chartered,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to have this mentoring platform so that we can support peers across the industry and to know that I can also reach out, if I need to.

“It’s come at the right time because we now need to support one another more than ever.”

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