A kaleidoscope of opportunities on offer for newcomers

13 February 2019

The City of Stirling, City of Canning and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre are set to launch a new program that will help connect highly skilled newcomers (migrants and refugees) with local professional mentors to help them achieve their employment goals.

The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, which is funded by the Department of Social Services, is the second phase of the City’s successful Kaleidoscope Initiative and will see mentees paired with professional WA mentors in their chosen industry.

The aim of the program is to help them build an understanding of Australian workplace culture and recruitment practices and develop occupationally specific professional networks over a period of three months.

City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the program was a great opportunity for everyone involved.

“The cultural diversity of our communities and workforce is not only a significant economic asset, but a driver for creativity and innovation, and this program is a great way to harness that,” Mayor Irwin said.

“Many new migrants experience barriers when trying to enter the workforce such as a lack of networks or local experience, so this program aims to bridge that gap and provide them with some of the tools they need to get their foot in the door.”

“It also gives local employers an opportunity to reap the rewards of a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said they were proud to partner with the City to deliver the mentoring program.

“Our collaborative approach means that together, we can connect newcomers with professionals and help them thrive in their new communities.”

For more information on the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program or to get involved, please visit https://www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au/mentorship.

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