Register now for an online information session and find out everything you need to know about joining our next cycle which commences in August 2022.
Tuesday 12 July 2022
Online from 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Applications for Cycle 2 – 2022 will open on 18 July and close on 31 July 2022.
If you are interested and would like to apply, please complete the expression of interest form and we will send you an email with an link to the application when it opens.
EOI for menteesMentor information session – online
Register now for our online information session and find out everything you need to know about the program, eligibility criteria and the application process.
Tuesday 23 November 2021
Online from 7.00pm – 8.00pm
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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.
Mentors apply nowImpact 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!
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
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
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.
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.”
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.”
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 – Thuy Le
1. Tell us a little about your home/country.
I am from Viet Nam. I was born in Ha Noi but grew up in Ho Chi Minh City (south of Viet Nam). Viet Nam is developing fast and changing a lot in recent years with a lot of foreign direct investments, local infrastructure and real estate development that leads to living standard improvement with a better education. We have many well-known delicious moreish foods such as beef noodle (Phở bò), spring rolls (chả giò), Vietnamese meat bread (bánh mì)
2. Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.
I graduated from Maritime Economics but landed with Human resources management as a career. My last role was a senior recruitment consultant for a British recruitment firm for three and a half years.
3. How long have you been in Australia (and WA in particular)?
I have been in WA for two and a half years. I came here for my Master study in Human resources management at Murdoch university.
4. Can you tell me what challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
All these gradually have eaten my confidence. Actually, as we all know, the real job need is not just on the active advertisement, but also come from passive recruitment such as referral, networking, direct application.
5. What skills did you gain from participating in the Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
The MP guides us from the basic principle of making a resume, write good selection criteria, prepare an interview, doing networking on social media (Linkedin) and also in real life, self-realisation, understanding culture, and I meet more new mentees and mentors. I did revise my resume and prepared my interview as per some suggestions, and it worked. Also the self-realisation session from Cema, it was intense, but I extracted what I need and applied areas such as focus, my values, having positive thoughts
6. What are three key benefits (e.g. confidence) you gained by joining the program?
Gaining confidence, be focused on my target, networking and learning from my mentor (I was nervous and lost before, especially the Covid-19 made everything worse).
7. What was the best part of being a mentee?
Having all the comprehensive training, as mentioned above, from the program. Having the full support from my mentor, as I can ask almost any questions related to work, even though sometimes they are silly ones, but at least it clear the mind. Meeting new people from different careers and industries; mentors and mentees – on the orientation day.
8. In your opinion, did you improve your understanding of Australian workplace culture and job application processes through participation in the program?:
I understand more the recruitment culture and job application process. I needed to invest more time to tailor each application, besides sending “countless” applications and learn to accept if I don’t receive any calls from employers. I have been living and working overseas with different cultures before, so I believe I can adapt to Australian workplace culture. Besides, at my current workplace, everyone is very friendly, like in a family, and supportive. So, I continue to observe and learn to adapt and blend with the culture.
9. In what ways did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
For the moment, we connect through LinkedIn. But it is still powerful when we know some “techniques” from Cema session to expand our network and reaching to the community. Our mentee group also have a WhatsApp chat where we can share news, encourage each others, we also had an off-line meeting. My mentor is extremely helpful to connect me with his network for introduction and job opportunities.
10. What advice would you share with a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Everyone is unique. Be yourself. Don’t compare. Be resilient. Be focused on your target. You can break it down to small steps to achieve. Appreciate yourself. Dare to ask questions or help. Connect and expand your network, not only in your field. Every connection is valuable.
11. Can you tell us a little about your new job?
My role is a Recruitment Consultant. We support clients mostly in recruiting blue collar (trades and services roles), and sometimes some engineers or white collar roles. I am glad that I can again use and apply my skills and past experience into the role. I am still eager to learn more, especially in the manufacturing and mining industries: the resources movement, required skills.
Interested in becoming a KMP mentee? Applications are open now. Spaces are limited, apply today to avoid missing out!
Click here to apply for the mentee program
Want to become a KMP mentor? We are continuously recruiting mentors, apply now for KMP Cycle 1 2021.
Click here to apply for the mentor program
Register for an upcoming online information session and find out everything you need to know about joining KMP cycle 1 2021.
The next mentoring cycle is running from January to May 2021. Applications are open between 1 October to 1 November 2020.
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.