Launched in 2015, the objective of the Mentorship Program is to help internationally trained professionals make the transition to work in Canada, and improve their skills and confidence while developing professional connections.
The program matches immigrant professionals (Mentees) with seasoned professionals (Mentors) already established in Canada who share similar professional backgrounds and career interests.
Over a three-month period, each Mentor-Mentee pair works together defining a realistic set of goals and executing an action plan to achieve these goals.
- Structured and fast pace mentorship program, 3 months in length
- Participants commit a minimum of 1 hour per week during 13 weeks to upgrade their skills, make connections and immerse themselves in the Canadian culture and workforce
- Hybrid group meetings to enhance support: Kick-off, Mid-term, and Graduation
- Professional mentoring program platform facilitates scheduling, video-conferencing, progress tracking and issue escalation
- Close Mentor-Mentee progress follow up
- Learn from program success stories as well as from the people having issues to move forward
- Support from a great team of volunteers
- Access to webinars and mentorship materials for Mentors and Mentees
- Great speakers to inspire you!
How Does it Work?
- Mentors and Mentees register to participate, providing some relevant details about their career interest, industry, challenges, etc.
- Our Mentoring team uses our proprietary software to score match quality and identify the best possible pairings of Mentors and Mentees.
- Pairs commit to meet (online or in-person) once/twice per week for three months. Our mentoring platform facilitates meeting scheduling, and includes its own video/voice conferencing license.
- We also present webinars and provide materials every week for each pair of mentor and mentee.
- Our team monitors and supports the mentoring relationship through ongoing advice, group interactions, group meetings, networking, and problem‐solving exercises.
- Pairs that meet their commitments and achieve their goals receive a certificate at the Graduation event.
- Mentors must have a minimum of 3 years of direct work experience in their industry in the Canadian labour market. Mentors need not be members of Hispanotech.
- Mentees must be members of Hispanotech, eligible to work in Canada as a full-time employee (Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or holder of a Temporary Work Permit)
- In order to graduate, participants must attend at least in 2 of the 3 group meetings, and complete a minimum of 13 hours of face-to-face, phone or online meetings in the 3 months of the program
- Participants that complete all the requirements will receive a certificate of participation in the program
- Upon request, a letter certifying the total volunteer hours will be issued to Mentors so they can claim Professional Development Units (PDUs)
There is no cost to participate as a Mentor.
Mentees will be asked to pay a $45 fee. This fee will be refunded if we are unable to match them with a relevant Mentor. Two weeks after the program starts refunds will no longer be possible.
NOTE: current active Volunteers in Hispanotech will receive a 100% refund of their Mentee fee upon graduation.