The City of Stirling has launched Kaleidoscope, a new initiative, to help newcomers find employment in their area of expertise and build the capacity of employers to reap the rewards of a diverse workforce, thanks to the McGowan Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative.
The Council secured funding of $250,000 for the project, which was developed to increase workforce participation of underemployed and unemployed newcomers in their areas of qualification, skills and experience.
Developed in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the new initiative will support newcomers and employers. TRIEC are sharing their international expertise and models that use diversity to drive successful economic and employment outcomes.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative is a four-stream program that includes:
- an employer partnership program that provides cultural competency training, diverse workplace strategies and networking opportunities
- support for professional immigrant networks (PINs) that provide networking opportunities, information and mentoring for newcomers
- an independent stakeholder partner network that includes employers, professional migrant networks, community agencies, and other stakeholders
- the development of an online resource hub that supports newcomers and employers—kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au.
Going forward, the project will also include the development of a mentoring program to match skilled migrants with mentors in their field of expertise.
Speaking at the launch of the Kaleidoscope Initiative, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia said that migration brings with it a wealth of skills and knowledge that greatly contribute to the growth and development of Western Australia.
“The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative is an invaluable resource for newcomers entering the WA workforce and for employees seeking to realise the benefits of diversity.”
With more than 15,000 residents who are recently arrived migrants, the City of Stirling is one of the most culturally diverse local government areas in Australia.
The McGowan Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program will fund $39 million towards more than 750 community projects across the State, creating jobs and building stronger and healthier communities.