- New initiative supports newcomers and employers
- $250,000 Local Projects, Local Jobs funding fulfils an election commitment
The City of Stirling's new Kaleidoscope initiative aims to help newly arrived migrants find employment in their area of expertise and build the capacity of employers to reap the rewards of a diverse workforce.
The Kaleidoscope initiative was developed to increase workforce participation of underemployed and unemployed migrants in their areas of qualification, skills and experience.
The initiative has been developed in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TRIEC are sharing their international expertise and models that use diversity to drive successful economic and employment outcomes.
The Kaleidoscope initiative, which received funding of $250,000 through the McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative, is a four-stream program that includes the delivery in phase one of:
- An employer partnership program that provides cultural competency training, diverse workplace strategies and networking opportunities;
- Support for professional immigrant networks (PINs) that provide networking opportunities, information and mentoring for newcomers;
- An independent stakeholder partner network that includes employers, professional migrant networks, community agencies, and other stakeholders; and
- The development of an online resource hub that supports newcomers and employers - http://www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au
Phase two of the project will include the development of a mentoring program to match skilled migrants with mentors in their field of expertise.
With more than 15,000 residents who are recently arrived migrants, the City of Stirling is one of the most culturally diverse local government areas in Australia.
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"Migration brings with it a wealth of skills and knowledge that greatly contribute to the growth and development of Western Australia.
"The City of Stirling's Kaleidoscope initiative is an invaluable resource for newcomers entering the WA workforce and for employers seeking to realise the benefits of diversity."
Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman:
"I'm pleased to see the fulfilment of the McGowan Government's election promise to deliver funds to this initiative based on the successful Toronto program.
"I am proud to represent a community of Western Australians with a rich cultural heritage; our diversity is a foundation of innovation that needs to be employed to progress our economy and to ensure all Western Australians can maximise their potential."
Minister's office - 6552 5600