Life skills, jobs program for young refugees
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.