Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has announced the City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Program will receive Federal Government funding of $482,507 to develop an occupational mentoring program for local refugees and migrants.
Mr Keenan said the program will operate by connecting new graduates, mid-career professionals, and entrepreneurs from refugee and migrant backgrounds with occupationally specific mentors.
“Stirling has an incredibly diverse multicultural community with a large number of residents from migrant or refugee backgrounds, but it’s so important that people who settle here are able to find work too,” Mr Keenan said.
“This new project will enable Stirling professionals to connect with skilled individuals from migrant backgrounds, and help them build an understanding of Australian workplace culture and develop local professional networks.
“This both encourages workplace diversity and supports migrants and refugees by helping them to achieve their career goals.”
The City of Stirling is currently identifying and working with service providers and local businesses that may be willing to participate in the program by registering as a mentor.
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the Federal Government’s funding commitment will ensure the important program continues.
“It is vital that for newcomers to integrate successfully into community, that they not only find employment, but find work in an area that matches their skills and expertise,” Mr Irwin said.
“When this occurs a person’s sense of worth and well-being is positively influenced. The potential of the Kaleidoscope is limitless and I am personally looking forward to the City of Stirling also participating in the program as a mentor.”
The funding is being provided over three years under the Federal Government’s Inclusive Communities Programme, and is a collaborative initiative led by the City of Stirling in conjunction with the City of Canning and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.
“I congratulate the City of Stirling for their development of such an important project and encourage Stirling businesses to reach out to the City and participate in the program,” Mr Keenan said.
The Federal Government’s new $37 million Strong and Resilient Communities Program is supporting 83 organisation across the county to build inclusion and cohesion. Further information is available on the DSS website.