CAMS – CAMS Mentoring FAQs
1. What is the CAMS Project?
The Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) is a comprehensive, nationally coordinated approach to supporting building and construction apprentices. It integrates online resources with one-on-one mentoring and pilots an innovative approach to supporting ‘out-of-trade’ apprentices.
2. How do I apply to receive mentoring?
Mentoring is available to any apprentice or trainee employed in the building and construction industry. If you are interested in receiving free, quality mentoring through CAMS, please fill out the expression of interest form located on the CAMS webpage or contact the Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer on 02 8586 3555. Download the Apprentice opportunities form here.
Please return the completed form to the CAMS Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer by email to email@example.com or by fax to 02 9660 0055. An Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer will then make a time to meet with you and discuss what you would like to get out of being matched with a mentor.
3. What are the benefits for apprentices if they join CAMS?
- The opportunity to be mentored by the best in the industry;
- Access to extensive knowledge and experience of the building and construction industry;
- Excellent career advice and increased networking opportunities within the industry;
- Guidance with work and life issues;
- Exclusive merchandise, discounts off Master Builders’ products and services; and
- Certificate of completion after each year in the program.
4. How do I apply to be a volunteer mentor?
Master Builders is seeking mentors with a range of backgrounds in the building and construction industry, from recently graduated apprentices to established business owners. A trade background is preferred but is not essential.
If you would like to nominate yourself as a volunteer mentor for the CAMS Project, please fill out the expression of interest form located on the CAMS webpage or contact the Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer on 02 8586 3555. Please attach your current CV and contact details of two referees to the form. Download the Mentoring opportunities form here.
Return this expression of form to the CAMS Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 02 9660 0055. An Apprenticeship Mentoring Officer will then make a time to meet with you and discuss the program further.
5. What are the benefits for volunteer mentors with CAMS?
- Mentor with a program of national significance aimed at increasing the retention rate of apprentices;
- Give back to the industry by supporting apprentices and making a positive personal contribution to addressing the skills shortage;
- Receive nationally recognised training and ongoing support through Master Builders’ network of Apprenticeship Engagement Officers
- Gain recognition from Master Builders and peers for volunteering time and expertise to improve the training experience of apprentices; and
- Access exclusive merchandise, discounts off Master Builders’ products and services, certificate of acknowledgement, mentors-only social events.
6. How will the mentoring work?
- Each mentor will be matched with between one and five current construction apprentices (subject to time availability), with matches based on industry background, career interests and geographic location;
- Mentors would be expected to meet with apprentices at least quarterly, and to maintain more regular phone and email contact as appropriate;
- Master Builders will organise the first meeting, at which the mentor and apprentice will agree on a Mentoring Plan for the year ahead;
- Mentors and apprentices will both commit to a one year period of mentoring, but may terminate the arrangement early in exceptional circumstances;
- Mentors must sign and abide by a Code of Conduct covering their interactions with the mentored apprentice(s); and
- Apprenticeship Mentoring Officers (AEOs) employed by Master Builders are available at every stage to work through any issues mentors and apprentices may have.
7. Who funds the CAMS Project?
The CAMS Project is co-funded by the Commonwealth Government (through the Apprenticeship Mentoring Package) and Master Builders Associations across Australia.