Empowered to Work Program
People seeking asylum in Australia face multiple barriers to finding employment, such as limited English and computer skills, lack of familiarity with Australian application processes and limited or no local work experience. The Empowered to Work program run by the House of Welcome in Sydney assists asylum seekers to overcome these barriers and is a valuable step towards re-establishing a sense of hope, dignity and belonging. With many asylum seekers now receiving work rights, the need for support services is essential.
The project comprises two parts: the first is short-term paid work for an individual seeking asylum to give the opportunity to gain local experience and develop the skills and confidence needed to find ongoing sustainable employment.
The second part of the project provides asylum seekers with one-on-one employment assistance. The House of Welcome in Sydney currently runs the program weekly, alternating between the offices in Carramar and Auburn.
Some examples of training are:
- Workplace English
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Resume preparation
- Interview skills
- Job search skills
The Empowered to Work program will reduce social isolation by helping people engage with their local community and receive the skills and knowledge to assist them in gaining sustainable employment.
- Run a weekly one-on-one jobs support program in Fairfield and Auburn for 15 people per week.
- Provide short-term employment through the Material Aid and Housing Employment program for a minimum of 2 clients per 12 month period.
- Have 100% of participants gaining increased access to employment.
- Have at least 50% of participants gaining ongoing sustainable employment.
- Ensure all participants feel more connected to the community and empowered to contribute to society.
- By receiving funding for the three year period the House of Welcome will have time to develop further partnerships with other organisations, foundations and philanthropists.
- With your support continued funding will allow this program to be operational in both locations on a weekly basis.
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