The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program helps highly skilled newcomers (migrants and refugees) professional reconnect with their careers through the help of a mentor who works in their chosen field in Australia.
All mentees also have access to our mentoring coach to provide additional support, if required.
Why should I become a mentee?
To become a mentee in Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, you will need to:
- be legally entitled to work in Australia (permanent residency visa or citizenship – permanent work rights)
- have lived in Australia for five years or less
- have the appropriate English language proficiency to perform effectively in the workplace in their field. (Managers/professionals need IELTS Band 7 or equivalent. Technical/non-client facing roles need IELTS Band 6 or equivalent. For more information visit Department Home Affairs.)
- have a minimum post-secondary education equivalent to a diploma or degree
- have a minimum of two years of international work experience in your profession
- have (or will) attended the job readiness workshops*
- have limited or no Australian work experience in your profession. (Limited Australian experience means that you would have worked for less than a year in your profession/industry.)
- be currently unemployed or underemployed (i.e. not working in your field of expertise)
- have obtained a National Police Clearance Certificate within the past six months. If you do not have a police clearance, the City of Stirling can apply for one on your behalf (at no cost to you).
As a highly-skilled newcomer professional, you will need to:
- be actively seeking work in your professional field
- have current core skills required to work in your professional field
- be able to commit to working with a mentor for a minimum of 18 hours over three months.
To show your employment readiness, you will need to show that you have:
- job search skills: an Australian-standard updated resume, knowledge of interview skills and basic networking skills
- appropriate supports: e.g. transportation, childcare or other supports required to start a suitable employment
- appropriate attitude: openness to receive constructive advice and willingness to try new approaches to job searching.
The application to become a mentee is now closed. Please submit your Expression of Interest to become a mentee below.
Book an appointment for your police clearance (ONLY after completing your Mentee Application – Part 2)
Still have questions about becoming a mentee?
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.