Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program opens opportunities for migrants

19 October 2020
The Kaleidoscope Initiative continues to open doors to career opportunities for professional
newcomers. Narmada Sreelatha from Cannington is one of the latest graduates of the program and
secured a job in her field within a month of starting the mentoring program.

Narmada migrated from India to WA in 2016 and signed up to be a Kaleidoscope mentee to help
overcome the challenges she faced as a result of a lack of local experience and limited industry
contacts.

The Cannington resident attributes the contacts and cross-cultural insight she gained through
Kaleidoscope to her finding employment four weeks after joining the program.

“Like everyone else, I moved to Australia with a million dreams about life and career. I have a
postgraduate in Marine Structural Engineering with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Joining
Kaleidoscope’s mentoring program and attending their workshops were the best steps I took
towards my career start. I honestly believe it is the professional network and the skills from the
program that brought me to the doorstep.”

The award-winning program has a proven track record at breaking down barriers newcomers
(migrants or refugees) face to improve their chances of finding employment in Australia.

The Kaleidoscope program is delivered in partnership with the City of Canning, City of Stirling and
Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre with funding from the Australian Government Department of
Social Services and the Western Australian Government.

City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said Narmada’s story and the success of Kaleidoscope serves as a
beacon of hope and inspiration to not only newcomers to Australia but to the community as a
whole.

“The stats are impressive - the program has been able to help approximately 90% of participants
find a job in their chosen profession within 12 months of completing the program,” said Mayor Hall.

“The City is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Stirling and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource
Centre to deliver the highly successful program across Perth and see Kaleidoscope go from strength
to strength.”

City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the high success rate was testament to the dedicated and
committed mentees and mentors.
“Last week we celebrated our fifth intake of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, which was our
largest ever group,” he said.

“This fantastic program supports participants to build professional networks and increase their
knowledge of each profession locally, which is ultimately leading to strong employment
opportunities.”

The Cities of Canning and Stirling and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre are looking for
professional newcomers and mentors across Perth to take part in the 2021 Kaleidoscope Mentoring
Program.

The three-month program pairs a newcomer with a mentor in their chosen field. It offers insights
into Australian workplace culture, recruitment practices and ways to network with industry
professionals and fellow migrants.

Applications to become a mentor or mentee for the current round close 1 November 2020.

Visit www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au/mentorship to find out more and apply.

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