The ASRC Mentoring program brings together people seeking asylum and volunteer mentors from vocational, professional and business sectors to form a mentoring partnership. The partnerships aims to support, explore and expand career pathways and vocational opportunities for people seeking asylum by connecting them with experienced professionals that can share local knowledge of their sector and the Australian workplace, professional expertise and networks.
The program empowers people seeking asylum to find sustainable employment including jobs in their chosen sector, and support to become independent and meaningful contributors to the community. Other outcomes include industry internships, enrollment in tertiary education and importantly, building of confidence and professional skills of mentees.
In the past 12 months, the program has supported 61 mentees seeking asylum, 30% of whom are women and 30 matched partnerships. This program is upheld by 13 dedicated volunteers.