Skilled Mentor Program

Are you seeking skilled employment?

Alternatively, would you like to assist someone in finding skilled employment?

The Greater Dandenong Volunteer Resource Service runs a Skilled Mentoring Program (SMP), which supports skilled job seekers in finding relevant employment through matching them with a mentor from their profession.

The program was established to provide support to skilled job seekers who experience disadvantage in finding relevant employment due to a lack of local experience, networks, current industry information or a career gap. Mentoring has been identified as a resource that can address some of these limitations and the specific needs of skilled job seekers.

Mentors assist mentees with different competencies required in the job-seeking process, which include industry information, job interview skills, job-search strategies, writing resumes and cover letters, work or industry culture information and professional goal setting.

Definition of mentoring- Mentoring is a very special relationship that you have with somebody that could share their industry insights, their expertise; share stories about how they got to where they are and provide encouragement that you need to be successful in your job search.

Eligibility criteria for mentees-

  • Fluency in English
  • Must have some professional experience in your profession (either international or local)
  • Must live in the City of Greater Dandenong

Eligibility criteria for mentors-

  • Fluency in English
  • Must have at least two years of Australian work experience
  • Must be currently employed or recently retired

How does the program work?

After mentees are registered on the SMP database, the project coordinator will contact them when they have found a suitable mentor, and exchange the contact details of both parties.

For orientation to the program, both parties are provided a comprehensive mentor/mentee guide, which outlines our general guidelines, values, boundaries and advice on fostering a positive and productive mentoring relationship.

Once a match is made, the participants are provided a mentoring plan, which functions to install some structure and consistency across mentoring relationships.

In terms of meeting arrangements, both parties are expected to negotiate a mutually suitable time to talk for one hour each week, which could be in person, on the phone or via email.

The participants are provided the opportunity to provide feedback about their experience in the program 1 and 3 months after they are matched. However, they can contact the project coordinator with any questions or concerns that arise during the course of the mentoring relationship.

If would like to become a mentee in the Skilled Mentor Program or volunteer your time in helping someone get their foot in the door, please email send an email to 

Download the SMP brochure HERE