Life skills, jobs pro­gram for young refugees

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

WA Youth Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley has launched a pro­gram to help young peo­ple from refugee back­grounds reach their ca­reer goals.

The In­vis­i­ble Gen­er­a­tion is a 12-week em­ploy­ment and life skills project funded by an $8000 youth en­gage­ment grant from the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties.

Young refugees will at­tend work­shops on self-dis­cov­ery, Aus­tralian cul­ture, job skills train­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties de­liv­ered by the In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Peace.

The project will con­clude with a group as­sign­ment to hold a com­mu­nity event cel­e­brat­ing so­cial har­mony.

There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to net­work and gather skills in ar­eas in­clud­ing pre-em­ploy­ment, ba­sic skill train­ing, ca­reer coun­selling and path­way plan­ning, along with vol­un­teer­ing po­si­tions, work place­ments or in­tern­ships.

The new project will be over­seen by a plan­ning committee of mem­bers from Perth’s South Su­danese com­mu­nity, the African Coun­cil Com­mu­ni­ties WA and Thorn­lie MLA Chris Tal­len­tire.

Re­search by the Cen­tre for Multicultural Youth has iden­ti­fied the im­por­tance of a tar­geted ap­proach to em­ploy­ment support for young peo­ple from refugee back­grounds.

Mr Tin­ley urged young West Aus­tralians to join their lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s youth ad­vi­sory coun­cil to in­form and shape ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.

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