TIME OUT: Mentoring Program Plans Post-Covid-19 Return

TIME—the legendary travel, tourism & hospitality industry mentoring program is postponing new intakes. On a positive note, it has targeted 26 August—when its current crop of Mentees graduate—as the date for re-launch.

TIME—the legendary travel, tourism & hospitality industry mentoring program is postponing new intakes. On a positive note, it has targeted 26 August—when its current crop of Mentees graduate—as the date for re-launch.

Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) Board announced that the industry’s much-loved TIME mentoring program would pause for three months from 1st April to 30th June 2020 in response to the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having on the travel industry.

The graduation events set for April and June will be postponed, alongside the tenth-anniversary dinner that was scheduled for 10 June 2020. TIME does, however, have its eyes set on a return to full activity on 26 August when the current crop of Mentees is due to graduate.

It is expected that a new TIME program intake will also commence on that date.

The members of the Board remain positive and hopeful that conditions will stabilise significantly over the next three months and operations can successfully recommence in the new financial year.

TIME Founder, Penny Spencer.

“The Board recognises the heavy burden the industry is carrying at this time. As a not for profit, the financial viability of TIME is dependent on collective funding from individuals, corporations and sponsors from within the industry at large, and although we had hoped it wouldn’t be necessary, the prudent and responsible thing to do at this time is to pause operations.”

Penny Spencer, TIME Founder, and Board Chair

Whilst a difficult decision, the Board does recognise that now, more than ever, TIME graduates would appreciate the opportunity to access additional mentoring support to navigate the turbulent waters ahead over the coming months.

In this regard, the TIME Board is working on a plan that involves bringing together existing TIME mentors and past TIME graduates via an unofficial mentoring framework until 30 June. More details on this plan will be announced to the TIME community as soon as possible.

Mentors and Mentees of TIME intake no. 37 are due to graduate on 26 August.

For insights into the TIME program, the nationwide get-togethers and networking events, graduations and inductions, mentor-mentee pair profiles and more, CLICK HERE.

Ambitious travel-tourism-hospitality professionals are encouraged to follow the program on Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with what’s going on inside the industry’s premier career accelerator.

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For more information, contact TIME Program Manager, Marie Allom at [email protected]