The latest cycle of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program received the highest number of mentee applications than any other cycle over the last two years. Interest soared from both mentees and mentors who expressed interest in participating in Cycle 2.
A total of 82 people applied to be a mentee for this current Mentoring Program cycle. Forty-eight (48) mentees were accepted into the program, based on meeting the eligibility criteria and having a suitable mentor available. Mentee applicants ranged from funding partners City of Stirling (23) and the City of Canning (9), to suburbs across the Greater Perth Region. To date, Kaleidoscope has had over 200 professionals apply to be mentors as part of the Mentoring Program. Cycle 2 has 48 mentors, all professionals in their field matched to their mentees area of skill.
The program has transitioned to an online delivery platform during the COVID-19 physical isolation period. The change to an online delivery platform has proven successful with some applications coming from as far afield as New South Wales and Tasmania. This goes to show how far the success of the program has spread. Skilled newcomers in the Eastern States now able to join Kaleidoscope’s program here in Perth, as part of a Pilot.
Mentees professional experiences ranges from engineering, finance sectors, media communications and journalism, education, social work, medical research, research and analysis and telecommunications.
A snapshot of the mentee qualifications levels for the current cycle reveals that 58% have a Master’s Degree and 37% have a Bachelor Degree. This shows the broad level of expertise of newcomer’s professions and the high skill levels they have to offer Australian employers.
Being a multicultural program, we are excited to have applications from skilled newcomers originating from countries from across the globe. Our mentees come from South East Asia, the Middle East, East Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.
We checked in with our mentees from Cycle 1 2019 and 85% of participants told us that within 12 months they had gained employment at a level that matched their experience. The majority of mentees had gained full time employment (72%). These figures highlight the success of the Mentoring Program and the benefits of being mentored by a professional in your field.
Applications for Cycle 1, 2021 will open in October. If you’re interested in joining the next cycle, we recommend you register for the Job Readiness Workshops that we’ll be running in September. For more information, head over to our Job Readiness Workshops page at and fill in the Expression of Interest (EOI)
The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been supported by the State Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, the City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Western Australian Government. Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program acknowledges and thanks Engineers Australia, Petroleum Club of WA Inc. and the Commonwealth Bank for providing their venues, providing in-kind support and encouraging their members and staff to join as mentors for this cycle.