People feel most empowered when they are engaged in meaningful work and have the skills and resources to achieve their goals. But for refugees and people seeking asylum, there can be many barriers to finding work.
Some of the biggest ones are understanding the Australian job market and how they can become part of it. We work with hundreds of people each year at our Footscray and Dandenong centres to identify their transferable skills and experience, map their employment pathways and teach them effective ways find work.
We also run a job readiness program which partners refugees and people seeking asylum with personal employment advisors to help them prepare for work, apply for suitable jobs and address employment barriers. Last year, more than 300 people participated in this program.