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VME recruits, trains and supports vocational mentors from all walks of life to assist young people from the inner north of Melbourne in their career transition journey.

Mentoring Matters      

The new VME initiative, Mentoring Matters, is delivered in an education setting and contributes towards a student’s VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). Mentors draw from their own career/life experience and networks to guide career discussions and simple activities in class, overseen by the VCAL Teacher. Through 10 weekly sessions, mentors support individuals and small groups of up to 3 secondary students to:

  • consider their career options,
  • develop/update their career plans and resume,
  • strengthen their interview skills,
  • participate in workplace tours in a career area of interest to them, and
  • extend their network of contacts in diverse industries and occupations.

The support provided by each group of mentors is supplemented with organised industry visits and input from invited guest speakers.

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Become a Volunteer Vocational Mentor

INLLEN is working in partnership with EdConnect Australia to recruit people interested in becoming a vocational mentor.

We are seeking volunteers from the community to share their time, knowledge and experience to help prepare VCAL students for their working life. You will:

  • Mentor a small group of up to 3 secondary students
  • Actively participate in 10 weekly 2 hour sessions
  • Collaborate with a local school
  • Receive training and ongoing support



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We regret to advise that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Term 2 mentoring training and in-class sessions have been postponed to Term 3. The safety of our volunteer mentors, teachers, students and their families is of paramount importance and we thank you for your support as we navigate the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, we are continuing to recruit for Term 3 to ensure we have a fabulous bank of mentors ready to go. All interviews will be completed digitally and we are developing an online training package.

Your help is never needed more so please don’t hesitate and contact us now!


Mentor Training


Mentor Sessions



Term 4: October - November (7 Weeks)

  • Wednesdays in Glenroy 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays in Coburg 1:20pm – 3:00pm


  • Tuesdays in Brunswick 11:00am - 12:40pm (timing TBC)
  • Thursdays in Reservoir 11:00am - 1:20pm (timing TBC)

Mentor Focus Groups

The week following completion of in-class mentoring. Dates TBC

What's involved?

The total time commitment is approximately 35 hours from the initial interview and training through to final evaluation.

VME Process

"The significant shift came when the mentee grasped their own capacity to navigate the myriad of vocational resources on offer. Subtle shifts in confidence assist in progressing programs like this, [and] can never be underestimated"

Pilot Mentor


"I really enjoyed working with the students on the mentoring pilot and found it very rewarding.  Debriefing and problem solving with other mentors was an unexpected bonus. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who is interested in listening, guiding and learning."

Christopher Baker, Pilot Mentor

mentoringWhy 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

2020 Program2020 Delivery

"A program that can help students’ access pathway thinking is just gold!" Pilot School Principal

In Terms Three and Four*, four education settings from across the Melbourne's inner north will pilot embedding Mentoring Matters within their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) curriculum.

The settings include: Read More


INLLEN and EdConnect Australia are working in partnership to develop, implement and evaluate Mentoring Matters 2020 – 2023. EdConnect is a highly-experienced national organisation that recruits, trains and supports skilled volunteers to provide mentoring and learning support to students in the school community. See https://www.edconnectaustralia.org.au/ for more information... Read More


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How to volunteer ?

For more infomation about how you can be involved, complete the following form.



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Project Partners

VME Partners

For general enquiries about the VME or Mentoring Matters project contact:

Rochelle Darby

INLLEN Manager Transitions

E: rdarby@inllen.org.au

M:  0408 036 602

For mentor enquiries contact:

Helen Anderson

EdConnect Australia Liaison Officer

E: helen.anderson@edconnect.org.au

M: 0498 016 337

(Mon, Tues and Thurs)