Europcar has formed a new community partnership that supports learning, growth and career development among Indigenous high school students, as well as Europcar’s own employees.
The leading vehicle rental provider has signed on to provide the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) with its vehicle rental needs in FY2014, while also enrolling Europcar employees in AIME’s unique professional development program.
AIME is a not-for-profit organisation that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers through the AIME Mentoring Program.
As part of the partnership, Europcar is participating in AIME’s Mentoring 4 Life Program – a corporate professional development program that launched in May this year based on the learnings and experiences of the AIME Mentoring Program.
AIME CEO, Jack Manning Bancroft, said the Mentoring 4 Life Program would make a huge impact on the professional development space in Australia and around the world.
“We are sharing our knowledge, experience and tools so that employees across Australia can reach for their dreams,” Mr Bancroft said.
“Upon completing the program, employees should feel more complete, focused, balanced and driven, with a better understanding of their purpose, sources of energy and inspiration.”
The Mentoring 4 Life program provides a structured mentoring program over 12 months, during which 15 Europcar employees will be mentored by a member of Europcar’s Executive team or a State Operations Manager.
Europcar HR Director, Leida Meijers, said the Mentoring 4 Life Program was an opportunity to reward high performing employees and also develop their leadership potential.
“The program enables us to grow and develop our employees, creating a positive learning environment with a focus on continual improvement and empowering employees to achieve their career and personal goals,” Ms Meijers said.
Europcar Fleet Planning Assistant and program participant, Nikki Boodram, who joined the company as a graduate in 2008, said he was looking forward to learning from the experience of his mentor, Strategic Development Manager, Glen Christensen.
“The Mentoring 4 Life Program is a great opportunity to learn from someone else’s experience and potentially progress my own career,” Mr Boodram said.
“Glen has a lot of experience in the vehicle rental industry and seems like someone I’ll be able to bounce ideas off of to grow my knowledge and improve my self development skills – it’s great to have been given the opportunity.”
As well as participating in the mentoring program, Europcar, in conjunction with Nissan, will provide eight Nissan Navaras for AIME to use for six months. Europcar will also provide $15,000 worth of vehicle rentals across Australia and promote AIME’s work in their marketing and communications campaigns.