You can make a difference
in a young person’s life,
and the community they live in!


Volunteering is richly rewarding.

Volunteers need not have any previous mentoring experience but a positive attitude towards young people and education is a must.
A wide range of exciting mentoring roles are available, all of which are well supported by the VME team and include free training and resources.

The VME, INLLEN and project partners are committed to ensuring child safety and wellbeing. Strict adherence to the INLLEN Child Safe Code of Conduct is expected of all VME volunteers.

Mentoring Programs


  • Mentoring Matters – School-based Mentoring


    Mentoring Matters – School-based Mentoring

    This secondary school-based vocational mentoring program is for Year 11/12 students undertaking the senior applied learning program, the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM).

    The VME MM program typically runs for a term and involves 10 weekly 1-2hr mentoring sessions with a group of up to 3 mentees. Mentors draw from their life and work experience to help guide in-class discussions and activities that include soft skills, workplace expectations, job search and interview practice. Guest presenters and industry excursions round out this exciting program.

    20-30 hours in April – June OR July – September. Ideally suiting those with a trades, HR or other professional background.

  • Entrepreneurial Mentors


    Entrepreneurial Mentors

    The VME provides entrepreneurial skilled mentors to a small number of Youth Enterprise Hub partner schools, augmenting their student led micro-enterprise projects.

    A richly varied face-to-face/hybrid mentoring program in an inner northern VCE Vocational Major classroom.

    Fortnightly sessions of 1-2hrs see mentors working closely with a small group of 3-5 students, their teacher and fellow mentors to develop a small micro-enterprise.

    20-25 hours in June – October and ideally suiting those with an entrepreneurial background.


Community Partnerships


  • Recognising that young people often need vocational support once they leave school, the VME has partnered with some key local community agencies. Each agency, program, and cohort of young people is unique, as are their mentoring programs.

    A face-to-face / blended mentoring program in a northern Melbourne community agency setting.

    With a choice of 2 programs, mentoring sessions will vary in timing and frequency over a period of up to four months.

    Mentors will work 1:1 (or small group) with a young person aged 18-25 to support their successful transition to employment.

    20-30 hours in June – November with a range of rewarding roles.

    Community Partnerships
  • “Our mentor helped us discover pathways, think about our future and taught us a lot from their own experience.”

    MenteeVME Mentoring Matters
  • Mentee

    “It is satisfying to help someone else in a ‘cloudy’ time of life, sharing skills taught from my own experience.”

    MentorVME Mentoring Matters


Young People


Mentoring Hours





VME Mentoring Requirements

Volunteers must be over 18 years old, eligible to live and work/volunteer in Australia, and willing to obtain a Working with Children Check.

Australian work and life experience, including mid-career, transitioning to retirement and retirees are desired, especially those with trades, creative industries, entrepreneurial or other professional backgrounds.

Volunteer mentors must be able to commit to the specified day and time of the program’s mentoring sessions.

INLLEN’s other Volunteering Opportunities

If mentoring is not for you just yet, you might like to consider:

hosting an industry excursion or work placement student
becoming a member of the INLLEN’s Industry Speaker Bank
becoming a Real Industry Job Interviews volunteer
making a donation (INLLEN is a registered charity)

Contact Yu-Wen Chien for more information or visit

RIJI Mock Interview Event
Vocational Mentoring Exchange
  • Get Involved!

    Becoming a VME Partner

    For more information about becoming a VME partner please contact
    Rochelle Darby on [email protected]


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