Kalei­do­scope of new cit­i­zens’ skills

Stirling Times - - Stirling Business Awards -

BUSI­NESS lead­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged not to for­get the skills of new mi­grants through a new City of Stir­ling ini­tia­tive.

Kalei­do­scope project leader Ashleigh Brand said the ini­tia­tive was about work­ing with new mi­grants and refugees.

“The skilled peo­ple who come to work and live in our com­mu­nity; so much of their story some­times is dif­fi­cult,” she told the au­di­ence at the re­cent Stir­ling Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion awards.

“And when they ar­rive, so many are un­der­em­ployed or not em­ployed at all.

“The Kalei­do­scope ini­tia­tive is about work­ing with busi­ness lead­ers such as your­selves to en­cour­age you to em­ploy a di­verse work­force, an in­no­va­tive work­force.”

She said the next stage of the ini­tia­tive was match­ing “pro­fes­sional men­tors with new­comer mentees”.

“We’ll be pi­lot­ing this in Au­gust,” she said.

Kalei­do­scope is State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment funded.

Ashleigh Brand ad­dress­ing the awards night.

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