Case study 3: V2 program offers mentoring for women
Left to right: Sharon Oxenbridge, John McCormick and Tracy Kretschmann at the graduation of the inaugural V2 mentoring program for women
CASA’s first mentoring program for women was introduced to senior female staff in December 2011. The program is known as V2, using the abbreviation for the safe climbing speed for aircraft immediately after take-off to evoke a powerful forward momentum for women’s careers in the organisation.
The program was launched by the Director of Aviation Safety at an event attended by 40 mentors and mentorees.
Interested women from certain classification ranges were invited to nominate for the 20 places available for the program. Mentorees were drawn from a variety of parts of the organisation, including areas with responsibilities for operations, regional offices, information technology, communication, legal services, people and performance, airspace regulation, and training.
V2 participants have taken part in a variety of informal and structured professional development programs and workshops to develop confidence and skills and have met with their mentors on a regular basis.
At the V2 launch, the Director spoke about his own experiences as both a mentor and mentoree, and said that mentoring programs not only benefit the organisation but also have a positive effect on other employees, when the principles are shared both formally and informally.
The V2 program fits into CASA’s broader leadership and training framework and has been designed to help with the attraction and retention of women to roles in CASA.