NEW migrants and refugees will learn how to improve their employment potential through a mentoring program in the cities of Stirling and Canning.
Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin, Canning Mayor Paul Ng, Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre launched the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program last night.
The Mirrabooka-based program, which is funded by the Department of Social Services, is the second phase of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative.
Mentees will be paired with professional mentors in their chosen industry, gain the understanding of Australian workplace culture and develop networks over a three-month period.
The Office of Multicultural Interests has provided an additional $187,574 in funding to extend the program until the end of 2019.
Cr Irwin said the mentoring program was designed for professional female migrants and refugees.
“Migrant women often take the lead in settling families into the Australian community, which can mean they out of the employment game for much longer,” he said.
“So, we want to explore these barriers and develop strategies to specifically address how to overcome these as well.”
Cr Ng said the two cities’ collaborative approach meant they could connect newcomers with professionals and help them thrive in their new communities.
Ms Freeman said newly-arrived Australians could establish network links to start their careers.
“With unemployment in the Mirrabooka area hovering at 20 per cent, the community needs on-the-ground employment initiatives responsive to their circumstances; Kaleidoscope is one step towards meeting this demand,” she said.
For information, visit www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au/mentorship.