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The Department of Finance plans and coordinates a number of mentoring programs to engage Australian Government Information and Communications Technology (ICT) employee groups.
The annual, 12 month, Whole-of-Government Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) program, sponsored by Dell, was established in 2007. The aim of the Program is to accelerate career development and leadership skills for Executive Level 2 women working in ICT.
The Program forms part of a longer-term strategy to attract and retain women within the Australian Government. It combines 1:1 mentoring with cross-organisational learning and facilitated group networking. Since its inception over 160 mentors and mentees from various senior management roles across government have benefited from the Program.
The WITEM Program uses the facilitation services of Orijen, an external organisation specialising in succession, talent and diversity management.
The Whole-of-Government coaching program was established in 2012 to further build on the success of the WITEM program. The annual 10 month coaching program combines one to many coaching sessions, training modules and facilitated group sharing for small groups of Executive Level 1 women working in ICT across government.
The 'ICT workforce study July 2013' (page 137) by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) found that support is needed to assist women with career progression in the ICT sector. The study also found that WITEM and the ICT Coaching Programs support women to develop leadership skills through a formal mentoring arrangement.