Want to become a KMP mentor? We are continuously recruiting mentors year-round, apply now to join.
KMP has been helping skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation. This short video highlights some of the key statistics about mentors who have joined the program.
Why should I become a mentor?
Mentors are leaders. They give back to their professional communities. They coach others to achieve their full potential and work effectively with people from different backgrounds and experiences in today’s diverse workplace.
As a valued mentor in our Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (KMP), you have the opportunity to:
- Share your knowledge about your industry/profession based on your own experiences.
- Help a newcomer in your field put their skills and experience to work for a Western Australian business or company.
- Motivate and support a skilled newcomer professional to realise their full potential in Australia.
In return, you will benefit from:
- Developing your own mentoring, communication and leadership skills
- Enhancing your cross-cultural competence by working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Improving your understanding of the issues and barriers experienced by newcomers in Australia.
Just 27 hours of your mentoring time over three months can change someone’s life for good.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton
KMP mentor eligibility criteria
Do you want to be a KMP mentor? That’s great, we would love to have you onboard! To sign up to be a mentor you must:
- Have worked for at least two years in your field/profession/industry in Australia
- Commit to a minimum of 27 hours of your time over three months for mentoring (18 hours of mentoring + 2 hours of mentors training and networking + 1 hour Mentor induction session + 2 hours of Orientation Session + 2 hours of Cultural Competency + 2 hours of Graduation Ceremony)
- Want to share your industry knowledge and contacts with others
- Are thinking about your professional legacy and what you will contribute toward your organisation and the people who work with you
- Have a National Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last 6 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 mentor, you need to:
- Provide details on your professional background and some additional information in your application so that we can best match you with a mentee
- Provide a National Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last 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)
- Attend the KMP Induction, Orientation session, Cultural Competency sessions, and Graduation session
- Work with your mentee to determine their employment goals and set targets related to job searching, networking, professional development, etc.
- Seek support from the mentoring coach, if needed, for a referral to resources, troubleshooting, etc.
You can help a skilled newcomer professional reconnect with their career!
How does the mentor application process work?
Signing up is an easy four-step process. Here’s what you can expect from the registration process.
- Complete the Mentor Application Form: Complete the Mentor Application Form providing information about yourself, your work and skills. You will need to supply your current CV/Resume and your National Police Clearance Certificate issued within the past six months. If you do not have a police clearance, the City of Stirling can apply for a Volunteer National Police Certificate for you on your behalf (at no cost to you).
- Wait for your match: Based on the information you provide in your application, we will match you with a newcomer professional who shares your professional background. Please note that we can only match a mentor if a relevant skilled mentee from your profession/industry applies. This may mean you will have to wait until a suitable/relevant mentee applies and may not be in the immediate upcoming cycle.
- Talk to the mentoring coach: Our mentoring coach will contact you again when we have found a potential mentee match for you.
- Meet your mentee: If you agree with the match we suggest, we’ll invite you to take part in an induction and orientation session to get started in the program.
Become a KMP Mentor
We are continuously recruiting mentors whom we will match with mentees in our upcoming mentee intake.
- Review the ‘Why you should become a mentor’ information and eligibility criteria above
- Frequently asked questions on becoming a mentor
- You can review the questions from the Mentor Application here before applying.
After submitting your application, please book an appointment with our Mentoring Coach to help us understand your mentoring goals. This will help us make the best mentee match for you.
This will be an online appointment via zoom. Our Mentoring Coach will send you an email confirmation with an appointment link to the zoom meeting.
If you have a police clearance that has been issued within the last 6 months then please have this ready to email to your coach during the meeting.
If you do not then please download and complete this form with your relevant identification, and we will submit on your behalf.
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, the City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Western Australian Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. 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.