Community outreach program gives refugees pathways to employment
An innovative community outreach program is connecting refugees with employment support in Melbourne.
Holmesglen’s Skills and Jobs Centre résumé development workshop has given Sudanese women the chance to grow their career opportunities by providing them with résumé and job application support.
Run together with local social justice community group Stand Up, the first workshop was held at Holmesglen’s Glen Waverley campus in September 2019 and assisted 20 women.
The community outreach program aligns with Holmesglen’s Skills and Job Centre’s vision and service delivery framework, which helps refugees and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds become job ready.
“As a team, we get great enthusiasm from helping individuals explore their careers. People get a sense of purpose from their employment and these workshops give them the tools to get started,” says Holmesglen Skills and Job Centre Coordinator Cassie Jovan.
The September workshop was supported by Holmesglen’s Early Childhood Education Department; offering use of their practical rooms, and the Hospitality Department, which provided lunch at on-campus restaurant Zest.
Holmesglen’s Skills and Jobs Centre has since run an additional interview techniques workshop with Stand Up.
Employment services and resources are available for both individuals and businesses at Holmesglen’s Skills and Jobs Centre.