Last week, the Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka attended the graduation ceremony of the SkillME vocational employment program for migrants and refugees.
The program helps migrants and refugees up-skill and have their previous qualifications recognised in Australia to gain local work experience and meaningful employment.
Mr Ajaka commended the ten refugees who today graduated with a combined vocational training qualification as part of the SkillME program, which has helped more than 300 migrants and refugees find pathways to participate in the workforce.
“One of the key ways to feel at home in a new country is gaining employment. Navigating a new land, language and career is not easy and I am proud to congratulate you on your graduation and hope you all flourish in your careers,” Mr Ajaka said.
“As our state prepares to welcome more migrants, we need to help people have their skills and qualifications recognised in Australia.”
Metro Assist Chief Executive Officer Lou Bacchiella said the program offers a pathway for migrants and refugees to feel valued and included in society.
“Migrants and refugees have skills and experience that are not always recognised. This is a lost opportunity to the economy and can have a devastating effect on the individual and lead to prolonged unemployment and welfare dependency,” Mr Bacchiella said.
After fleeing the war in Syria with his wife and five children, SkillMe graduate Khaled Al Mgharbel faced the familiar challenges of language barriers and financial pressures. He graduates today with a combined English course and Certificate II in Furniture Removal and is looking forward to completing a warehouse operations qualification.
“This program is great. I’ve learnt work-related vocabulary and how to write a resume and apply for a job,” Mr Al Mgharbel said.
“Now I want to buy a truck and start my own furniture removalist business.”
We are very proud to be part of such a fantastic partnership program with Metro Assist, ATS, Australian Furniture Removers Association, Walkers Moving and Storage, Citymove Removals and Pedemonts Removals & Storage.
Through this program we are assisting disadvantaged job seekers to improve their English while gaining valuable work experience and employment. Well done to everyone involved!