The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program aims to help highly-skilled newcomer (migrants and refugees) professionals improve their employment potential by connecting them with mentors from their industry or occupation.
Newcomers bring talent, innovation and international expertise to Western Australia, but they need information and networks to succeed. The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program connects skilled and professional migrants and refugees with mentors in their field. Mentors help guide newcomers on a pathway to find employment within their industry. This 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.
Employer partners – recruited for the program – provide eligible job seekers with access to professional mentors. Mentors work with their mentees to build an understanding of:
- Australian workplace culture
- recruitment practices
- occupationally specific professional networks to assist them to achieve their career goals.
About the Program
The program runs for a minimum of 18 mentoring hours over three months with mentors and mentees working together for approximately 1.5 hours each week. Connections can be through:
- face-to-face meetings
- online e.g. email, chat applications, Skype, etc
- phone conversations
- job shadowing
- networking at events.
The Mentoring Program flyer and infographic provides an overview of the process. (Download Kaleidoscope Mentoring flyer)
KMP 2019 Cycle 2 Intake Timeline
The proposed timeline for this mentoring intake is as follows:
01 Jun 2019: Applications Open
30 Jun 2019: Mentee Applications Close
31 Jul 2019: Confirm all mentees and mentors into the program against their eligibility criteria
05 Aug 2019: Confirm all mentee-mentor matches
20 Aug 2019: KMP Cycle 2 starts
Become a KMP Mentor
Apply now as a mentor to help a newcomer reconnect with their career! We are continuously recruiting mentors whom we will match with mentors in our upcoming mentee intake.
- Why you should become a mentor
- Frequently asked questions for a mentor
- You can review the questions asked in the Mentor application here before applying.
Become a KMP Mentee
You will need to meet the eligibility criteria for the program and to submit your application online.
- Why you should become a mentee
- Frequently asked questions for a mentee
- You can review the questions asked in the Mentee application Part-1 & Part-2 before applying.
Please have the following documents ready to upload:
- Your updated resume/ CV
- A National Police Clearance certificate obtained within the last 6 months. (If you do not have one we will obtain one for you at no cost to you.)
- Certificate of English proficiency (if you have this).
- Your Australian Permanent Visa/Passport/Citizenship Certificate
The application to become a mentee is currently closed. Please submit your Expression of Interest to become a mentee below and we will email you when we open up the applications soon.
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Western Australian Government. The Program has been created in consultation with the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Their successful TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program is the model for mentoring programs across Canada and internationally.