Vocational Mentoring Exchange
Vocational Mentor Exchange

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


Many young people in our region face significant barriers and issues as they try to navigate their way from school to work. VME was established to help young people overcome these barriers so they can reach their full potential.

Vocational mentors help young people to learn about different industries and the workplace, develop their aspirations and self-confidence, extend their networks, and help discover work and career opportunities.

Young people in Melbourne’s inner north, especially post COVID, continue to face multiple barriers in their transition from secondary school. Providing multiple connections into the real world of work while still at school is essential for their future success.

The VME has partnered with 8 local schools and 2 community organisations to develop and implement effective vocational mentoring programs, supporting young people’s (16-25 years) successful transition to further education, training, or work.

Critical to its success is the recruitment, training and support of 100+ volunteer vocational mentors.


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

VME Stats 2023

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