Mentor information session – online

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor in the award winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and would like more information?

Register now for our online information session and find out everything you need to know about the program, eligibility criteria and the application process.


Event details:

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Online from 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Click here to register.

Spaces are limited, so register today to avoid missing out!


We continuously recruit mentors whom we match with mentees in our upcoming mentee intake. Our next Mentee intake for Cycle 1 – 2022 opened on 12 October 2021 and the cycle will commence in February 2022.  If you would like to apply click the button below.

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Mentee information session – online

Are you interested in becoming a Mentee in the award winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and would like more information?

Register now for an upcoming online information session and find out everything you need to know about joining our next cycle which commences in February 2022.


Event details:

Thursday 23 September 2021

Online from 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Click here to register.

Spaces are limited, so register today to avoid missing out!


Applications for Cycle 1 – 2022 will open in October 2021.

If you are interested and would like to apply, please complete the expression of interest form and we will notify you as soon as you can apply.

EOI for mentees


 

Impact of Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program

Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program has been helping skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation. Did you know, of the 192 mentees who have taken part in the program, over 78% are now employed in their field.

This short video highlights some of the key statistics about mentors and mentees who have joined the program.

Submit an application today to join the next KMP cycle as a mentee.

Mentees we need you!

Mentees, we need you!

Are you a professional skilled newcomer to Australia who has been here for five years or less? Are you struggling to get work in your field or area of experience? We want you!

Here at Kaleidoscope, we are looking for professional skilled newcomers to match to our expert mentors, across a number occupational fields. If you are a qualified professional in any of the areas listed below, you could be eligible to join the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, starting in 2021. The next mentoring cycle runs from January to May 2021.

Architects | Assess strategy engineer | Auditor/quality assessor | Business – Finance analyst | Civil Engineer- Water/Flood models/Hydrology | Community services | Doctor/Medical practitioner | Epidemiology/Research/Public Health | HR | HSE engineer | Lawyer | Maritime engineer | Marketing | Procurement – government | Project management/health care | Project planner/public transport | Property manager | Research – hospitality | Telecom engineer | Tourism management

Applications have been extended until 17 November for newcomers in the above occupations only.

Interested in becoming a KMP mentee? Spaces are limited, apply today to avoid missing out!

Mentees apply now

The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been supported by the State Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. 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. 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.

Celebrating Kaleidoscope’s Mentors

Celebrating Kaleidoscope’s Mentors

The unsung heroes of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program are our mentors. Over the past two and a half years, the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program has assisted 154 mentees to increase their job readiness skills, networking abilities and grow in confidence.

None of this would be possible without the support and assistance provided by the many mentors who volunteer their time to assist skilled newcomers in Australia.

Our mentors are all experts in their field, employed in a vast range of positions and companies throughout Perth, Western Australia. Mentors are matched to skilled professional newcomers who are experienced in the same or similar field. Over a period of 12 weeks, mentors provide mentees with insights and guidance into their relevant industry, assist with networking and industry connections, offer resume and interview advice and much more.

We’d like to thank all of our mentors who have dedicated themselves to providing nothing but the highest quality support, guidance and feedback to our mentees.

We have compiled a small snapshot of Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program’s mentors. Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring more of our mentors so stay tuned in November and December to see who’s next in the spotlight.

Mentor Snapshot 2020

Andrea Williams (LinkedIn) | Founding Director of Asset Reports

Owner and Director of Asset Reports since 2007. Overall, Andrea looks after approx. 50 staff in four different states and primarily focusses on the management of the business as well as sales and marketing. They have four departments which are the Quantity Surveying (Tax Depreciation Schedules), Outsourcing to Real Estates, Matterport 3D Virtual Tours and Strata 10 Year Plans. She is also the a co-owner of our tech company Reports Online which produces Paperless Condition Reports. “I joined the Kaleidoscope program to support a newcomer to Australia, helping to make their transition a little more seamless. I enjoyed all the time I had with Alice and look forward to doing it again.”

Andrea Williams

Manuel Grosshans (LinkedIn) | Civil Engineer – Founder, Principal Engineer, General dogsbody for PMMC Consulting

Engineering and Construction expert predominantly in marine works for more than 15 years, on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Africa. Manuel also has experience in the roles of Bid Manager, Subject Matter Expert Marine and Heavy Lifting, Project Manager, Engineering Manager, Construction Manager and Senior Project Engineer. “What I enjoyed about the program was rewarding relationship with my mentee. It is rewarding to be able to see mentees develop and succeed.”

Simon Gazia (LinkedIn) | Owner/CEO of LTT Group

LTT is an Award winning Registered Training Organisation that has been operating for 15 Years. LTT specialises in laboratory operations and pathology collection (phlebotomy) training for workplaces throughout Australia and individual students in our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney training centres. Simon has close ties to many employers in Laboratory Operations across multiple industry sectors and the Pathology industry. Simon can assist mentees with Geotechnical, Chemistry, Laboratory and Scientific backgrounds. “The opportunity to give back by helping a skilled migrant to reconnect with their career was very rewarding.”

Peter McCafferty (LinkedIn) | CEO of ChemCentre

Peter is CEO of a state government organisation that employs around 150 people. The business is based on providing chemistry-based science to government and private companies. They also carry out collaborative research and development, with government departments, industry and universities.  Peter has been employed at ChemCentre for almost 30 years. He started as a scientist in the environmental laboratory carrying our nutrient and heavy metal analysis, progressed to managing the commercial activities of ChemCentre prior to the CEO role. “One of the benefits of the program was gaining an appreciation of the skills that so many people have. I am now more confident in my ability to coach and mentor others, including skilled migrants.”

Bita Shad (LinkedIn) | Contracts Engineer for INPEX

Bita is a professional Contracts Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience engaged in various projects in the oil and gas and resources industries. Core fields of her experience include pre- and post-award contract management consisting of development of contracting strategy, pre-qualification, contract formulation, developing tender documents, tender evaluation, negotiation and contract award and contract administration. Additional experience includes sourcing goods and services, developing procurement plans, negotiating prices and maintain relations with suppliers and vendors. “The program increased my confidence in my ability to mentor a new migrant. I enjoyed getting to know great people like Cema and her team, the other mentors, and getting to know a few professionals from the Iranian community.

Nicola Wilkins (LinkedIn) | Electrical Engineer at Horizon Power

Nicola has dedicated her career to the clean energy sector. She has 15 years’ experience in renewable energy. Her experience encompasses feasibility, electrical design, project management and consulting both in Australia and abroad, including five years in Germany. Nicola has experience working for employers such as large and small solar engineering, procurement and construction organisations, start-ups and government-owned electricity distribution networks. “Through the program, I gained the personal satisfaction of helping someone improve their job seeking skills. I realised that my skills and knowledge are valuable, and I enjoyed imparting my knowledge.”
Image of Mentor, Nicola Wilkins

Applications are now open

Want to become a KMP mentor?

Applications have been extended to 17 November 2020.

We are continuously recruiting mentors. The next mentoring cycle is running from January to May 2021.

Mentors apply now for KMP Cycle 1 2021.

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. 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.

Kaleidoscope Mentee Success Story – Siddier Chambers

Kaleidoscope Mentee Success Story – Siddier Chambers

We spoke with Siddier Chambers (LinkedIn), a current mentee of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, and asked her to share her experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program.

1. Tell us a little about your home/country.

I’m from the beautiful island of Jamaica, where we produce the best music (reggae), the fastest man in the world (Usain Bolt) and where it’s always summer!

2. Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.

Back home I worked with the Government of Jamaica in several senior management and policy roles for 12 years.

3. How long have you been in Australia (and WA in particular)?

I did my PhD in Public Policy at Curtin University between 2013-2017; went back home and returned to Australia in November 2019, over 10 months ago.

4. Can you tell us about the challenges you have faced in your job search journey in WA?

Responding to the selection criteria was the greatest difficulty I encountered in my job search.

5. What skills did you gain from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?

My ability to respond to the selection criteria and how to strengthen my resume were some of the skills that were beneficial from the KMP.

6. What are three key benefits (e.g. confidence) you gained by joining the program?

Being more confident, having enhanced knowledge of the work culture and a supportive network are some of the benefits I’m enjoying as a KMP mentee.

7. What was the best part of being a mentee? 

Meeting like-minded professionals and having a mentor were the best part of the KMP for me.

8. In your opinion, did you improve your understanding of Australian workplace culture and job application processes through participation in the program?

Learning about the Application Tracking System was an eye-opening experience for me. I believe being exposed to the top employability skills was a real bonus that I will keep and hone throughout my career.

9. In what ways did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?

I now have connections with a large group of international professionals, which has significantly expanded my professional network here in Australia.

10. What advice would you share with a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?

Enrol early, make the most of every opportunity and you’ll have a rewarding experience as a KMP mentee!

Last chance to apply!

Interested in becoming a KMP mentee? Applications close soon for particular occupations. Spaces are limited, apply today to avoid missing out!

Apply as a mentee

Want to become a KMP mentor? We are continuously recruiting mentors, apply now for KMP Cycle 1 2021.

Apply as a mentor

The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been supported by the State Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. 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. 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.

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