The award-winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is currently recruiting new mentees for its next cycle which will commence in February 2022.
The Mentoring Program, now in its fourth year, has already helped over 234 skilled professional migrants improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation. Past participant survey responses indicate the program achieves results with 80 per cent of past mentees reporting being employed in their fields within six months of completing the program. This compares to entry data which shows 91 per cent of mentees were unemployed or employed in survival jobs, with 9 per cent under employed in an associated industry at the commencement of the program. View the latest infographic here.
Since it inception, KMP has recruited more than 350 mentors from over 180 different organisations. Many of these mentors have migrated to Australia and understand the struggles and employment barriers that newcomers face. The depth and experience of this pool of mentors enables KMP to assist newcomers across a diverse range of professions and industries.
The 3-month mentoring partnership assists newcomers to build professional networks and increase knowledge of both recruitment practices and a better understanding of their profession locally. The mentoring journey 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.
Applications are now open and will close on 2 December 2021. Anyone interested in joining the program as a mentor or mentee can obtain more information by attending an online information session or can apply by visiting www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au
Word of mouth continues to be the most effective marketing tool for this program so we encourage all mentees and mentors to share their experiences with friends and colleagues and encourage anyone interested to apply.
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, the City of Canning, the City of Swan 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.