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Mentoring 2 Work

Are you ready to change a life?

United Way WA are currently recruiting passionate Volunteer Mentors to support young adults enter or re-enter the workforce in the Mentoring 2 Work program run by community partner Council on the Aging WA (COTA WA).

All applications are to be made directly to us for review and screening. Successful candidates will be invited to COTA WA’s mentor orientation session and then placed in a pool to await matching with a suitable young adult.

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About the program

Mentoring 2 Work (M2W) is an exciting, tailored learning support pathway supporting young adults aged 18 to 25 years to enter or re-enter the workforce through the guidance of a volunteer mentor with extensive current or recent industry experience and real world networks.

Developed and led by our community partner COTA WA, Mentoring 2 Work is based on an ecosystem of interconnected and co-operative organisations that place the young person at the centre and are willing to assist them to learn essential life skills, develop job readiness skills and build the confidence to successfully secure and maintain employment.

Your role as a mentor is critical to assist young adults in achieving their career aspirations.

How it works

  1. The young adult voluntarily begins to identify their strengths, skills and interests and is matched with a suitable mentor who they will meet each week for an hour to reflect and plan.
  2. The young adult, their mentor and the M2W team will complete a Learning and Career Support Pathways tool kit that will help the young adult create their customised career map giving direction to the kind of learning and support they may need from the M2W partners and other organisations.
  3. The young adult and mentor work towards the career map and employment goals together.

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To be successful in this role it is essential you:

  • Are over 18 years old
  • Are eligible to live and work in Australia
  • Possess extensive current or recent workforce experience
  • Hold some understanding or willingness to learn about the issues facing young adults seeking sustainable employment
  • Have capacity to provide face to face mentoring on a weekly basis for the first four weeks of the program. As the relationship evolves the touch-points are a mix of face to face, phone and email. There is a minimum of two face to face sessions each subsequent month for up to 6-months in total
  • Have good communication skills
  • Attend an Orientation Session
  • Provide two Professional References
  • Are willing to obtain a National Police Clearance

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Benefits of being a Mentor

  • Build your network by meeting other mentors at program events
  • Enhance your leadership and communication skills
  • Give back to the community
  • Improve your career prospects
  • Experience a platform for your knowledge and experience to be shared
  • It’s rewarding!

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Mentoring 2 Work is bought to you by the Council on the Aging WA and is supported by Try, Test and Learn Fund – an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Other program partners include:

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