Vocational Mentoring Exchange
Vocational Mentor Exchange


You can make a difference in a young person's life, and the community they live in.

This unique resource for the inner north of Melbourne brings 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.

The Exchange has been developed by the INLLEN and partners as one of a suite of responses to improve employment outcomes for young people in Melbourne’s inner north. Research locally and abroad confirms that vocational mentoring is a key support in career exploration and job-seeking for all young people, but for socially and economically disadvantaged young people, it is life-changing!


“They [mentors] gave me great guidance and feedback as well as life altering advice which I still remember” VME MM Mentee 2023

VME Stats 2023

Established in 2020, the COVID pandemic heavily impacted the first three years of the Exchange’s development. Despite this, our fabulous 11 school and community partner organisations have seen the impact first-hand from embedding VME volunteer mentors in their vocational curricula and programs.

The VME has a fabulous new website so please click the link to:

  • find out more about becoming a mentor or program partner (school or community),

  • access some great free mentoring resources, or

  • make a donation.

Project Partners

The VME would like to acknowledge and thank our funding partners for their continued support.

Contact Us

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

For more information on VME, please contact

Rochelle Darby

INLLEN Manager School to Work Program

E: rdarby@inllen.org.au

M:  0408 036 602

For more information on becoming a mentor, please contact

Yu-Wen Chien

INLLEN Manager Industry Partnerships

E: ychien@inllen.org.au

M: 0401 858 392