Gold award for Cool Mentoring

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Published: 24 April 2017


Stephen Gill Associates struck gold in the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for its Thermentor.Org – Cool Mentoring scheme.

​​It was named the winner of a Gold Award in the ‘Innovative Use of Technology in Human Resources’ category in the only programme to recognise innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region.  
The awards attracted more than 700 nominations and the winners will be honoured in Tokyo, Japan on 2 June.

Thermentor.Org - Cool Mentoring is a not-for-profit scheme to help match mentors to mentees across the global refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry.  

Unlike conventional mentoring which is typically in-house and face-to-face, in this scheme the mentor and mentee do not meet. The whole process is carried out by hybrid e-mentoring using available technologies such as email, SMS and video-conferencing.  

The aim is to supply the international RACHP industry with short-term periods of quality mentoring at a distance. Since its initial pilot scheme in 2015, a total of 110 pairs from 12 countries across 4 continents have taken part in the scheme. 

Stephen Gill, founder of Thermentor.org, said “Everyone needs a mentor. The Cool Mentoring programme has provided considerable benefits for the mentees, the mentors and the RACHP industry. It is a case of ‘everyone wins! Mentees reported improved self-confidence, receipt of career advice, extensive networking opportunities, and increased technical knowledge. 

“Mentors also gained from the mentoring relationship.  Benefits have included improved job and personal satisfaction, a greater insight into their own level of knowledge, and increased interest in international aspects of the industry. The RACHP industry benefits from a raising of skills and retention of knowledge within the industry.

“We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to have won this prestigious award. This is a true success made possible by volunteers with an innovative idea and a pioneering approach.”