- Location: Homebush West NSW
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Migrant Services
2.5 - 5 hours per week Tuesdays during school terms 10.30am - 1.00pm
Type of work
- Administration & Office Management
- Companionship & Social Support
- Education & Training
- Tutoring & Coaching
The volunteer will be in a supported environment. They will also be part of a group of volunteers who will meet weekly allowing collaboration and ongoing learning.
Mentors will work one-on-one with a job seeker, providing essential support to African migrants, primarily women who are former refugees from South Sudan, who are now permanent residents or Australian citizens. They come from difficult circumstances and disadvantage (war, refugee camps etc.) and have low levels of literacy and little to no computer skills. While most have good spoken English, they will require a lot of hands-on support as literacy competency varies across the cohort. They seek long-term employment in Australia, then ongoing support.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Identifying expertise, abilities, interests and work readiness of job seeker mentee
- Supporting mentee through the job application process
- Resume and cover letter development
- Referring mentee for training and other services as needed
- Helping those less computer literate with online job search and job applications
- Using your networks and experience to help mentee gain work or work experience
- Providing interview preparation when needed
- Helping those less literate with pre employment documentation
- Supporting mentee in the first couple of months of employment
- Applicants should have had at least 5 years of employment experience, preferably in Australia
- Excellent communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivity
- Patience, flexibility and willingness to develop a sound understanding of the challenges faced by participants both in their past and in Australia, and resulting barriers to employment to be overcome
- Basic computer skills (confidence in using internet for job research, emails, Word etc.)
- Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
- Flexibility and willingness to take on extra tasks as appropriate
- Ability to adhere to policies in relation to code of conduct, boundaries and confidentiality
- Experience working with people from various backgrounds and cultures would be helpful but not required.
- The satisfaction of having a positive impact, indeed often a life changing one, on someone who has come from difficult circumstances
- meeting some inspiring people
- enjoy the challenge of helping someone overcome the barriers to employment
Volunteering NSW’s Volunteer Referral Service assists individuals to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills, location and time available to volunteer.
Be sure to provide a phone number on your Expression of Interest, so we can contact you without delay.
If this your first time volunteering, or your first time volunteering in Australia, you may wish to attend Volunteering NSW’s Bridge to Volunteering information seminar held every Friday and learn more about volunteering, how to choose the right volunteer job, the benefits of volunteering and your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer. Details on how to register for this seminar will be included on the email you receive when you Express Interest in this role.