2020 Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

Canterbury Tech wants to grow world-class talent for our local Tech Sector. This mentoring programme is for professionals working in Canterbury’s technology industry (or those who aspire to). Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big impact in helping them achieve early success.

Mentoring isn’t just useful for the mentee, it’s great for mentors too. Mentors will be challenged to stay at the top of their game to provide up-to-date advice.

The 2019 Winter Mentor Programme run by Canterbury Tech was a big success with 36 people taking part and overwhelmingly positive feedback.  This was based around Roger Nesbitt’s Winter Mentor Programme software and programme.  This year we will build on that success by expanding to students, especially international students. Note: Non-members of Canterbury Tech may apply to join our mentor programmes.

Canterbury Tech is therefore pleased to announce two separate mentor programmes for 2020 being:

  1. Mid-Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme
  2. Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

Canterbury Tech programmes are:

Personal - one on one mentoring

Short - only 12 weeks

Structured - series of guidance emails to mentors

Aimed at professionals

Supported - Canterbury Tech community

About the Programmes

1. Mid Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme – SORRY, APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

The first programme, and back by popular demand, is the same as last year. This programme is aimed at people who are working and are midway through their tech career and looking for support to improve their current skills or make some changes to their career.

To apply as a mentee you must already have embarked on your career in tech. You might be a developer, an IT infrastructure specialist, a business analyst, project manager or one of many other tech sector roles. Often the mentees applying for this programme wish to develop their technical proficiency in some area or move from a purely technical role into some form of leadership, but anyone in tech can apply as long as you have some idea of what you’re trying to achieve!

To apply as a mentor you will need to have an empathetic approach in order to understand your mentee and their specific objectives, plus a genuine desire to share your knowledge, experience and perhaps industry connections with your mentee.

Notes: A small fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees.

2. Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme – SORRY APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED!

The second mentor programme is to support people looking for their first tech job.

To apply as a mentee you could be a student at Uni or another tertiary college, you could be an international immigrant, someone emerging from a mid-career change, you could be a self-taught developer or a tech-literate professional wanting to transition more fully into the tech industry. We all know how hard it is to get that first job before you have experience and before you have a network of professional support.

To apply as a mentor you will need to have empathy for people finding their first job. For example, if you are not a native New Zealander and have experience adapting to the NZ tech culture, we would love to have you.

Important note: This programme is NOT designed to find the mentee a job, the mentor is not acting as a recruiter, it is to arm the mentee with the professional skills and support to find a job for themselves. Mentor notes will step you through the process.

Note: A small fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees.

Six Simple Steps

This programme has six steps and is similar for both mentors or mentees:

  1. Complete your application here.  Applications for both 2020 programmes are now closed.
  2. You will be emailed profiles for mentors/mentee and you can select people that you think might be a match for you.
  3. Attend the kick-off ‘Meet & Greet’ meeting on Tuesday 30 June where we will describe the process and expectations. You will get an opportunity to meet your potential matches.
  4. The following day we will ask you to rank your preferred matches in the system.
  5. The system will then magically match you up and send you an email.
  6. Mentor and mentee will then arrange six mentoring sessions at times that best suit them. We recommend meeting once a fortnight.


First time at mentoring?

Mentors get plenty of support. Before each session, we provide some tips and guidelines by email, on topics you may want to discuss.


Key 2020 dates – Mid Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme 1

  • Wednesday 20 May – First sign-up date, marketing launch.
  • Sunday 7 June – Final application date.  The approval process starts.
  • Monday 8 June – Kick-off meeting. Meet potential mentors or mentees.
  • Friday 12 June through to Friday 21 August  – Mentoring sessions begin. Fortnightly meetings – 6 in total – an email with hints and tips sent to mentors every two weeks.
  • Tuesday 25 August  – End of Programme get-together,  Retrospective online survey.

Key 2020 dates – Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme 2

  • Wednesday 10 June – Applications open
  • Sunday 28 June 9 am – Application Period closes. The approval process starts.
  • Tuesday 30 June – Meet & Greet event at Tūranga, Christchurch (attendance required)
  • Friday 3 July through to Friday 11 September – Mentoring sessions begin.  Fortnightly meetings – 6 in total (An email with hints and tips sent to mentors every two weeks)
  • Tuesday 15 September – End of Programme get-together. Retrospective online survey.

Mentor Webinars

As part of our 2nd programme this year, the Canterbury Tech Career Start Mentor Programme, we are running a series of webinars, held fortnightly on Wednesdays at 12noon.  These are delivered via Zoom.

We highly recommend all mentees attend these webinars which are also useful for mentors too. If you missed a webinar, recordings are available to view on YouTube, see details below:


  • Subject: G.R.O.W. Model for Coaching and Mentoring
  • Hosted by: Kay Johnson from Assurity
  • YouTube recording here


  • Subject: Profiling the Canterbury Tech Sector
  • Hosted by: Neil Hamilton from Canterbury Tech
  • currently unavailable


  • Subject: CV Writing and Interview Etiquette
  • Hosted by: Rachael Tobeck from Crew Consulting
  • YouTube recording here