The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (KMP)
The award-winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program helps skilled newcomers (migrants and refugees) improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.
A KMP Mentor is a professional who provides support, industry related guidance and advice to a skilled newcomer to help them build professional networks, increase their knowledge of recruitment practices and have a better understanding of their profession locally to secure well-matched employment.
A KMP Mentee is a skilled newcomer who is looking for support and guidance from industry professionals to help them build their professional networks, increase their knowledge of recruitment practices and get a better understanding of their profession locally to gain employment in their area of expertise. Applications for our next mentee intake will open in January 2023. Complete the Mentee Expression of Interest form below and we will notify you when the application period opens.
The mentoring journey benefits both the newcomers and employers in Western Australia by sharing new ideas and boosting business development and cultural diversity in both the workplace and the community.
Now in its fourth year, KMP has helped over 273 skilled professional migrants improve their employment potential, with 83 per cent of past mentees reporting being employed in their fields within six to twelve months of completing the program.
The mentoring process
If you are successful in becoming part of the mentoring program, you will need to commit your time to the process.
- Each mentoring cycle runs for three (3) months. During this time, the mentor and the mentee work together for a minimum of 18 hours.
- Mentees are also required, prior to commencing their mentoring partnership, to complete the job readiness program. This program will run in the weeks preceding the mentorship.
Note: The mentor’s role is NOT to find a job for the mentee.
How to become a Mentee
Newcomers (migrants and refugees) bring talent, innovation and international expertise to Western Australia, but they need information and networks to succeed. We aim to help professional newcomers improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.
Applications for 2022 Cycle 2 have now closed. If you would like to apply to become a mentee please complete the below expression of interest form and we will notify you when we open the applications for 2023 Cycle 1.
- Why you should become a mentee and your eligibility criteria
- Frequently asked questions on becoming a mentee
How to become a Mentor
Mentors guide newcomers to find employment within their industry and help them understand Australian workplace culture, insights to the mentee’s profession/industry and occupationally specific professional networks to assist them to achieve their career goals. In return, the mentors benefit by enhancing their leadership, mentoring and cultural competency skills while working with a newcomer mentee.
We are continuously recruiting mentors to match with mentees for each cycle. Our next cycle commences in late August 2022. We encourage anyone thinking of applying to be a mentor to attend the online information session for mentors.
- Why you should become a mentor and your eligibility criteria
- Frequently asked questions on becoming a mentor