Migrant Women Job Readiness Workshop

A job readiness workshop series for migrant women has been designed to improve the employability skills of migrant women across Western Australia affected by COVID-19 and to boost their employability.

The workshop will run over five days, during school hours from 9.00am to 2.30pm.

Workshop topics

Eligibility criteria

To attend the series, you must:

1. Be a migrant woman

2. Have vocational English language to perform effectively in the workplace of your field (level 3 certificate or higher)

3. Commit to attend all five workshops.

This workshop is designed for women who have limited or no work experience in either their home country or Australia. It is also suitable for women who are transitioning to a new job/career or reconnecting to their career after a break (less than 5 years).

The last date to register for this workshop is Thursday 14 July 2022.

Job readiness workshop helps Susan return to her passion

The Kaleidoscope Migrant Women’s Job Readiness Workshop is a free workshop series designed to boost the employability skills of migrant women across WA.

Susan Nkechi Anopueme is a successful graduate of the program and has recently secured a role in education – the field she loves.

In 2009, Susan left her home country of Nigeria and a career as a school teacher to start a new life in Western Australia.

When she began searching for a job she encountered a lot of inaccurate information about working in Australia.

She was led to believe that as a migrant it would be very difficult to find a job, especially as she had completed her training overseas.

“I was told that my degree would not matter. I was so concerned that in 2011 I retrained in community development, a field that I found interesting but challenging and very different from school teaching,” she said.

“I even thought I may have to change my name, as I was told it would deter employers.”

Frustrated and confused, Susan began searching for a more reliable source of career information and training, which she found in Kaleidoscope’s Migrant Women’s Job Readiness Workshop.

“The Job Readiness Workshop opened my eyes to the truth and gave me a lot of practical information, like how to format and write a resume.”

Before completing the workshop, numerous unsuccessful job applications and interviews had left Susan doubting her abilities.

“The program gave me confidence in my knowledge and skills. It helped me prepare for job interviews and not give up before I even gave myself a chance.”

Today living in Aveley, Susan is working as a Technical Assistant in Home Economics at a local secondary school – the field she originally trained in and describes as her passion. “I thought I would have to leave the work I love behind, but thanks to the program I’ve found a job that I really enjoy.” Far beyond her days of failed interviews, Susan is now thinking how she can move forward and progress her career aspirations.

“I’m considering my options, perhaps completing a masters in education or even progressing my community development knowledge.”

When asked if she would recommend the Job Readiness Workshop to other migrant women, Susan replied “100 per cent. I’d take the workshop again to refresh my skills if I could!”

“There are a lot of challenges that come with being a migrant skilled worker, but do not give up because we have so much to offer.”

To register for a Migrant Women’s Job Readiness workshop please select from the following:

Bentley – 9 to 13 May

Midland – 27 June to 1 July

Kaleidoscope Migrant Women’s Job Readiness workshops are funded by Lotterywest, delivered by the Kaleidoscope Initiative and hosted in the City of Canning, City of Stirling and the City of Swan

Kaleidoscope job readiness workshop series – October 2021

Register today for our free Kaleidoscope job readiness workshop series.

This three-day workshop is designed to enhance job skills and knowledge, and boost employability.

Workshop dates: 18 – 20 October 2021

Workshop times: 9.00am – 2.30pm each day

Topics include:

Places are limited and registration is essential.

Click here to register.

NOTE: Attending all sessions will support your eligibility to join the award winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program that is working to help skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.

Congratulations to the first round of KMP graduates for 2021

We’d like to congratulate all 43 mentees and mentors who graduated from the first cycle of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program for 2021.  It was a great relief to be able to proceed with the graduation after Premier Mark McGowan announced he would not extend the three-day snap lockdown.  Wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing requirements didn’t deter our guests from coming together to celebrate the graduates.

We’d like to say a special thank you to guest speakers His Worship the Mayor Mark Irwin, City of Stirling; His Worship the Mayor Patrick Hall, City of Canning; Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager of WA, Engineers Australia and Janet Barnes, Executive for Regional Australia, Telstra who all addressed the audience about their experience with the program.

Other special guests who attended the graduation included His Worship the Mayor Kevin Bailey, City of Swan; Meredith Hammat MLA, Member for Mirrabooka representing the State Government Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Interests, CSC MLA, Hon Tony Buti and Amanda Gillet, Manager Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.

KMP has been running since 2018 helping skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.  We’re proud to announce that of the 192 mentees who have taken part in the program, over 78% gained employment in their field within 6 months!

We’re currently recruiting mentees for our next cycle which commences in July 2021.  If you’d like to be involved in this highly successful program please submit your application before 31 May.  If you’d like to know more about the program visit our website or register for our  online information session being held on Wednesday 19 May.

KMP is jointly delivered by the City of Stirling, City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, and 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.