This unique new resource for the inner north of Melbourne will bring together a pool of volunteers with diverse and wide-ranging working lives and lived experience to support young people’s (16-25 yrs) transition to further education, training or employment. In the current climate of extreme youth unemployment, an opportunity to directly connect young people with local industry is invaluable.
Vocational mentoring is a key support in career exploration and job-seeking for socially and economically disadvantaged young people. Vocational mentoring can help young people with limited social capital learn about the workplace, clarify their aspirations, extend their networks, and help find work opportunities.
Mentors also gain a wealth of experience and skills from the experience - strengthened leadership, problem-solving, listening and interpersonal skills; wider professional networks; and a fabulous sense of achievement in having helped a young person on their vocational journey.
The Exchange is being developed over two phases in 2021-2022 with the first seeing the implementation of the Mentoring Matters program in schools and support of the Youth Enterprise Hub’s New Economy Enterprise VCAL Curriculum. The second phase in late 2021/2022 will allow community partners to access the Exchange mentors to augment their vocational programs.
2021 Mentoring Applications Now Open!
We are seeking enthusiastic and caring volunteer mentors aged 18+ for the following vocational mentoring opportunities in 2021. While face-to-face delivery is planned, virtual sessions will be the COVID fall back. Training is provided once screening is completed – interview, reference check and copy of current Working With Children Check (WWCC) card received.
10-week vocational mentoring program in schools with VCAL students
A 10 week face-to-face vocational mentoring program that brings volunteers into the VCAL classroom once a week for two hours to work closely with a small group of up to 3 students. Through a range of activities and an excursion into industry, mentors will draw on their own life/work experience to support the students to complete their Career Action Plan, improve their transferable skills and work readiness.
If you have 35 hours to spare in April – June OR July - September, have a trades or other professional background, we have 6 fabulous schools and 80 young people ready for matching and mentoring.
1. Download, complete and save the VME Mentoring Matters Application Form.
2. Email the signed form along with a current resume and copy of your Working With Children Check card to email@example.com
Youth Enterprise Hub
Entrepreneurial mentoring with VCAL students - 5 month commitment
Ideal for volunteer mentors with an entrepreneurial background and skillset to support students in one of five partner schools to implement an entrepreneurial based VCAL program incorporating micro-enterprise and development of 21st century skills. This exciting new curriculum has been partially trialled in 2020 with some fantastic results. Specific program training will be provided for this specialised program running from 12 July to 15 November.
1. Download, complete and save the VME Application Form.
2. Email the signed form along with a current resume and copy of your Working With Children Check card to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Vocational Mentoring?
A Vocational Mentor works with a small group of students to clarify and support their career aspirations.
Vocational mentoring is a key support in career exploration and job seeking for socially and economically disadvantaged young people. Vocational mentoring can help young people with limited social capital learn about the workplace, clarify their aspirations, extend their networks, and help find work opportunities. Read More
The Vocational Mentoring Exchange was conceived in 2014 through the work of the Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce (INYET) and Inner North Community Foundation (INCF).
The INCF 2016 Research Report, Inner North Mentoring Exchange: A Regional Mentoring Resource, identified that “available mentoring programs were predominantly of small scale...Read More
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