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Bilingual Employment Mentor for people seeking asylum and refugees (volunteer)

  • Location: Burswood WA
  • Category: Migrant Services
  • Type of work
    • Administration & Office Management
    • Education & Training
    • Writing & Editing
  • Suitable for
    • People with disability
    • Skilled Volunteers
    • Travelling Volunteers
    • Wheelchair Access
    • Work Experience & Internships
  • Duration

    Ongoing commitment

  • Time Required

    Short- to long-term volunteering opportunity. Prefer minimum 3 month commitment and can remain a volunteer for longer than the 6-month listed time period. Volunteers are required to make a weekly or fortnightly commitment to attend the Asylum Seeker Hub for 1-3 hours (Tuesdays 2pm-5pm). There may be a need for external follow-up (e.g. checking of resumes, job applications, reference provision, etc) outside of these hours, so a maximum of 1 hour external to 1 hour client time.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *

    Reporting To Careers Kitchen Project Coordinator and will work collaboratively with other members and stakeholders of the Asylum Seeker Hub.

    Please Note: As each organisation provides different levels/types of insurance, volunteers are reminded to check with the organisation as to the type of insurance provided for volunteers (e.g. Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance)

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

In order to best complement the existing employment support provided by organisations in the sector, the program is flexible, working alongside other initiatives to meet the needs of people seeking asylum and ensuring no-one falls through the gaps.

Careers Kitchen Employment volunteers will provide intensive one-on-one support and mentoring to people seeking asylum and refugees who are looking to work or study in WA.

As a Careers Kitchen Employment Mentors, you will use your professional experience and excellent interpersonal skills to support and resource job-seekers to put their best foot forward in their employment search! In order for Careers Kitchen services to be accessible by people with limited English proficiency, bilingual Employment Mentors (with fluency in Hazaragi, Dari, Farsi, Arabic or Tamil) will provide employment support in our members' first language.

As each client will have different skills, visa type, background, experience, capacity and needs, each mentoring relationship will require something different! The Employment Mentor will need to be flexible in offering different forms of support depending on the client; one session may include assisting a client to improve their resume and cover letters; ensuring that their skills translate onto the page to wow their future employer! Another session may involve developing a client’s computer skills, in searching and applying for jobs or may involve conducting mock interviews with feedback for an upcoming interview.


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