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Worker’s Name: April Pan
Organisation/Service/Project: Metro Migrant Resource Centre
Telephone/Email: 9789 3744, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website address: www.metromrc.org.au
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New Migrant Employment Support and Mentoring Program
Funded by ClubGrants in 2012/2013, the New Migrant Employment Support and Mentoring Program is designed to help new migrants settling in the Canterbury LGA to overcome barriers to employment by better understanding the Australian labour market and acquiring relevant skills. There are three key components in the program:
- Community education sessions on the Australian labour market
- Mentoring support for job seekers
- Producing and disseminating career pathway resources
As the most important component of the program, we are seeking a number of mentors to support the job seekers enrolled in the program.
Purpose of mentor support:
What we see in the experience of job hunting in many new migrants is not only the language barrier and lack of local qualification and experience, but sometimes more importantly, lack of knowledge and resource. Many things that settled migrants who have already gone through or Australians simply take for granted, poses great obstacles for new migrants, such as but not limited to:
- Knowledge of the Australia job market, career pathways and prospects of certain professions.
- Expectations/requirements of certain jobs and whether one is able to handle some responsibilities. For example, a childcare worker may be required to carry babies so someone with injuries in their arms or backs may not be able to do it.
- Cultural differences
- Industry trends and professional development opportunities
Such lack of knowledge stops new migrants from taking the most effective approaches in their job hunting, forces them to make uninformed decisions into a job/career or training which may not suit their skills or circumstances, only to waste precious time and money.
The purpose of mentor support in this program aims to provide job seekers such knowledge and resource brought forward by their fellow migrants who have gone through a similar challenging journey. It is expected the mentors would inform the mentees, to their knowledge, the qualification, skills and experience one must obtain to enter certain professions; expectations and careers prospects in those professions, as well as barriers in job seeking and how to overcome them.
It is expected through the mentor support, job seekers (mentees) will feel an increased sense of self-worth and empowerment; they will be better informed of their professions in Australia and will feel empowered to tackle challenges and make an informed decision on where to go next on their careers choices.
Benefits of being a mentor in the program:
- Help your fellow migrants in their job hunting and settlement experience in Australia and contribute to a more positive experience of other people
- Enhance your skills in coaching, counselling and modelling
- Development your personal leadership, demonstrate and share your knowledge, experience and skills
- Gain recognition and respect
- Learn new perspectives and approaches
- Your efforts will be rewarded and expenses be reimbursed. We pay each mentor a small fee of $800 for their valuable contribution over the period of the program which is expected to be 6-8 months.
Requirement of Mentors:
- Themselves or their parents come from a non-English speaking background
- Have qualifications or experience in one of the highly sought-after professions for many new migrants, including but not limit to: accounting, engineering, IT, social and community service, child care, aged care, small business, administration
- Commitment to remain in the role for the entire 6-8 months of the program
- Capacity to attend a half-day mentor training; to meet the mentees at least three times in the duration of the program and on top of these face-to-face meetings, to be available for approximately one hour per fortnight with the mentees on any communication means
- Preferably have a ABN to receive payments. Please discuss with us if you don’t.
Mentors are required to attend a 4-hour training where they will be introduced to essentials of mentoring. They will also be briefed on the program, their responsibilities and other relevant matters.
Mentor Mentee Matching
Mentors and mentees from similar professional backgrounds and reside/work in close neighbourhoods will be introduced and matched in a matching meeting.
Application and Selection of Mentors:
If you’re interested in contributing your time and knowledge in this program, please send a brief cover letter and resume to April Pan at email@example.com by Wed 12 Dec 2012. You will then be contacted before the mid of Jan to inform you of a decision. Depending on the number of applications, we may ask you to come in for a short interview.
Please feel free to contact April via email or on 9789 3744 if you have any questions before you apply.