The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program helps highly skilled and professional newcomers (migrants and refugees) reconnect with their careers through the help of a mentor who works in a related field in Australia. A mentoring coach is also available to all participating mentees to provide additional support.
Why should I become a mentee?
To be connected with a mentor, you will need to:
- are legally entitled to work in Australia (permanent work rights)
- have lived in Australia for five years or less
- have appropriate English language proficiency to perform effectively in the workplace in your 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 their profession
- have limited or no Australian work experience in your profession
- 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 will apply for one on your behalf (at no cost to you).
As a highly skilled and professional newcomer, you will need to:
- be actively seeking work in your qualification field
- have current core skills required to work in your field
- be able to commit to working with a mentor for 18 hours over three months.
To show employment readiness, you will need to show that you have:
- job search skills: a job-search-ready resume, interview skills, basic networking skills
- appropriate supports: e.g. transportation, childcare or other supports required to secure suitable employment
- appropriate attitude: openness to act on constructive advice and willingness to try new approaches to job searching.
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Still have questions about being mentored?
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between 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.