Vocational Mentoring Exchange
Vocational Mentor Exchange

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, commencing September 2021, will enable four community partners to access the Exchange mentors and development of the Northern Youth Mentoring Network.

While an initiative of the Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce (INYET), the Exchange is being developed in collaboration with a cross-sectoral Steering Committee.

 

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.

Mentoring Matters

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.mentoring

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.

For more information and to apply

To apply:

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 vme@edconnect.org.au

 

Community Partnerships Project

Support socially/economically disadvantaged young people in Melbourne’s north on their career transition journey

During July and August 2021, the Vocational Mentoring Exchange (INLLEN) will recruit, screen and train 15 volunteer vocational mentors to be placed with one of three community partner agencies -  Youthworx, Youth Projects and the Bridge Darebin. With four different roles available, weekly/fortnightly mentoring sessions will take place either online or at the agency setting, and run from September to November 2021. Training will be provided and mentors will also draw from their life experience to work in small groups (1-5) with mentees. Mentoring session activities will likely include goal setting, building aspirations and transferable skills, strengthening work readiness, and understanding workplace expectations. An evaluation session will follow in December.

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For more information about the Community Partnerships Project, the Volunteer Role Description  and the Mentor Journey Guide

To apply:

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 Yu-Wen Chien at ychien@inllen.org.au

Contact

For more information about this opportunity to make a real difference in a young person’s life, please contact:

Yu-Wen Chien

Partnership Broker, INLLEN

M 0401 858 392  |   E ychien@inllen.org.au

Mentoring Matters

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.mentoring

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.

For more information and to apply

To apply:

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 vme@edconnect.org.au

 

Community Partnerships Project

Support socially/economically disadvantaged young people in Melbourne’s north on their career transition journey

During July to early September 2021, the Vocational Mentoring Exchange (INLLEN) will recruit, screen and train 15 volunteer vocational mentors to be placed with one of four community partner agencies -  Youthworx, Youth Projects, Bridge Darebin and Himilo Community Connect. With five different roles available, weekly/fortnightly mentoring sessions will take place either online or at the agency setting (COVID willing), and run from September to November 2021. Training will be provided and mentors will also draw from their life experience to work in small groups (1-5) with mentees. Mentoring session activities will likely include goal setting, building aspirations and transferable skills, strengthening work readiness, and understanding workplace expectations. An evaluation session will follow in December.

Click for more information about the Community Partnerships Project, the five mentor roles available, and the Mentor Journey Guide

Role Descriptions – Youthworx/Media roleYouth Projects/Generalist role, Bridge Darebin/Hospitality&LGBTIQ+ roles and Himilo Community Connect/HR, Police Force and Business Analyst

To apply:

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 Yu-Wen Chien at ychien@inllen.org.au

Contact

For more information about this opportunity to make a real difference in a young person’s life, please contact:

Yu-Wen Chien

Partnership Broker, INLLEN

M 0401 858 392  |   E ychien@inllen.org.au

Mentoring Matters

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.mentoring

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.

For more information and to apply

To apply:

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 vme@edconnect.org.au

 

Youth Enterprise Hub

Entrepreneurial mentoring with VCAL students - 4 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 mid-July to end of October.

For more information …

To apply:

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 Yu-Wen Chien at ychien@inllen.org.au

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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

Background

Background

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

Project Partners

Contact Us

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

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