In Australia’s current employment market, professional mentors make a significant difference to the progression of newly arrived skilled and professional migrant careers. Our program aims to match mentors from a range of professions with skilled migrants from equivalent or related professions.
Mentees come from the AMES Australia Skilled Professional Migrants Program (SPMP) where they develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to overcome the difficulties that may prevent them from finding a suitable job.
While the SPMP gives them valuable information on the Australian job market and workplace culture, job hunting tips, the application process and interview and networking skills, mentors add significant value by providing much needed ‘inside information’ on job availability and conditions, industry specific recruitment insights and high quality networking opportunities.
How much time do I need to spend volunteering?
The commitment is to make contact with the mentee once a week. Matches vary in length but a general commitment of 6 months is expected.
Do I need any special skills or training?
We require mentors from a range of professions and industries who are currently employed, or very recently retired, with a minimum of three years' work experience in Australia.
All mentors take part in a thorough induction session, which provides insight on cross-cultural awareness, particularly relating to job search and workplace issues.
How do I apply?
You can apply online to become a professional mentor. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Mentor Coordinator.
Current Available Roles:
- Agricultural Scientist / Plant Pathologist / Biosecurity Specialist
- Architect / Drafter
- Transactional Banker / Product Manager
- Audiologist (to mentor a graduate Audiologist)
To discuss program requirements
Contact the Mentor Coordinator via email or phone 9926 4648 to discuss your skills and program requirements.
As an AMES Australia volunteer you will need to undergo a Police check. The Police check form will be emailed to you after you application has been reviewed to complete and bring to your induction. Please bring 100 points of ID for police check processing.
Please note that the SPMP is based in Melbourne, so we encourage Volunteer Mentor applications from Melbourne only.