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Mentors sought for new employment program

17 JAN

Vision Australia is on the hunt for volunteer mentors for a new program aimed at helping people who are blind or have low vision to achieve their employment goals.

The Vision Australia Mentor Program (VAMP) will provide Vision Australia clients a chance to gain practical advice, encouragement and support around their vocational goals by linking them with a professional mentor.

Mentors and mentees will be matched for a six-month period, during which the pair will establish and work towards goals around employment.

Vision Australia service designer for employment Tina Brunet, said the not-for-profit organisation is looking for mentors that will empower their mentee to develop their strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes.

“We are seeking mentors who have experiences and learnings that could be leveraged by mentees who are navigating through their employment journey. We encourage professionals who are able to inspire, lead and empower our clients to apply for this opportunity.” Tina said.

“The program is human centred with the needs of the mentee driving the outcomes. We think mentors will bring professional experiences and knowledge that will help to shape conversations and drive mentees towards their goals. Our mentors will provide support but will also hold mentees to account, ensuring that they are able to realise the goals they have set for themselves”

Tina said program has been designed to be as flexible as possible. Mentor and Mentee pairs can meet face-to-face, via phone or teleconference. The time investment for mentors is one hour per month for six months. Matching will be determined based on the needs of mentees.

“We will not necessarily match based on the skills and job profile of the mentor, but rather the ability for both parties to work together on the foundation of shared values and professional footing,” Tina said.

Mentors would be required to take part in a four-hour induction and a one-hour meet and greet with their mentee. Resources and support will be provided ongoing through a coordinator who will be able to support both parties at any time during the program.

To learn more about VAMP mentoring opportunities visit Vision Australia.