2022 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.

Starting in 2019 the 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.  In 2020 we built on that success by expanding to students, especially international students and had 80 people take part and in 2021 we SOLD OUT!

This year (2022) we will be providing the following programmes:

2022 Mentor Programmes

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

Mentors and mentees who took part in our previous programmes are most welcome to join us this year as well.

Non-members of Canterbury Tech may apply to join our mentor programmes.


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

Our 2022 Programmes…

Mid-Career Mentor Programme

The mid-career 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 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.

Note: A $25 fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees if your application is unsuccessful.

Mid-Career Mentor Programme Key Dates:
– 2nd May 2022 – Applications Open
– 16th May 2022 – Applications Close
– 31st May 2022 – Online Meet & Greet
– 2nd June 2022 – Mentor Matches Confirmed

Career-Start Mentor Programme

Our career-start programme aims 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 notes: 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. This programme does not provide technical training.  Mentor notes will step you through the process.

A $25 fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees if your application is unsuccessful.

Career-Start Mentor Programme Key Dates:
– 2nd May 2022 – Applications Open
– 1st June 2022 – Applications Close
– 14th June 2022 – Online Meet & Greet
– 16th June 2022 – Mentor Matches Confirmed

Six Simple Steps

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

  1. Complete your application here.  
    1. Programme 1 – Career Start Application Form from 2nd May 2022
    2. Programme 2 – Mid Career Application Form from 2nd May 2022
  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 online ‘Meet & Greet’ (see individual programme dates) 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.

Contact us at MentorProgramme@canterburytech.nz if you have questions about any of the programmes on offer this year.

We have a mentoring Code of Conduct for anyone involved in our mentoring programmes.  Full wording here.