This year the Professionals Australia Managers’ scholarship has been awarded to Alf Grigg, a Victorian-based Professional Engineer who joined Professionals Australia in 1975. He is planning to undertake the AIM Coaching and Mentoring course.
On how he would benefit from the training, he said:
“Undertaking this course would allow me to develop my skills in this key area. Coaching and mentoring younger professionals is part of the skill set needed to be an effective manager and to giving early-career professionals meaningful work experience. I hope my work mentoring young professionals will be part of leaving an enduring legacy based on my accumulated knowledge in my field of specialisation and my general career as a professional engineer. The skills will help me effectively mentor other professionals with a view to improving their personal results and in turn the results of the organisations they work for. The course will also count toward my professional development log to help me maintain my registered professional engineer status under the new Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) program.”
Managers’ Division President Rob Miller said it was important to recognise the importance of undertaking training to formally develop the skills to develop others – one of the most important and rewarding aspects of being in a management role. “Whether you’re an engineer, scientist or IT professional, developing your management skills in areas over and above your technical skills is imperative to ensure you’re effectively maximising the performance of those you manage. This scholarship shows Professionals Australia recognises that management capability is about developing broad-ranging skills that not only develop the manager but bring out the best in the staff they’re managing.”