Refugee Employment Support Program provider announced
The NSW Government has today announced a major step forward in its commitment to helping refugees find sustainable and meaningful employment as part of its $22 million Refugee Employment Support Program.
NSW Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement Peter Shergold announced that Settlement Services International (SSI) will deliver the four-year program, during a corporate roundtable discussion attended by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and representatives of some of Australia’s largest companies.
"Today’s announcement shows the NSW Government continues to work with corporate Australia to reduce barriers for refugees seeking work and ensure they have access to training that will help them resume their careers, while at the same time alleviating some of the state’s skills shortages," Professor Shergold said.
"Both the government and the corporate sectors involved have shown great leadership by committing to train, mentor and employ refugees, who in turn bring new skills and experiences to these workplaces.”
Today’s forum follows previous discussions between the state government and key industries to find ways the private sector can improve employment outcomes for refugees arriving in NSW and support their entry into the state’s skilled workforce. New internships, scholarships, training and pilot mentoring programs are underway.
"The corporations present today have shown a real commitment to developing employment and training pathways for refugees who we know have a strong desire to work, not just to provide for their families, but to become part of the communities that have taken them in,” said Professor Shergold.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is delivering a raft of training opportunities, such as fee-free vocational training, to help refugees take the first step towards financial independence.
"The Refugee Employment Support Program will help up to 6,000 refugees and 1,000 asylum seekers develop career plans to find a meaningful job, which is a vital step in helping to grow local communities.”
Representatives of the AMP Foundation, Australia Post, Business Council of Australia, Clubs NSW, Crescent Wealth, First State Super, Harvey Norman, Henry Davis York, IAG, Master Builders Association of NSW, NRMA, Telstra and TransUrban attended today’s discussion.
AMP Foundation Manager Helen Liondos said, “The AMP Foundation is committed to improving employment opportunities for people facing barriers and sees the NSW Government’s new Refugee Employment Support Program as key to delivering better employment outcomes for refugees settling in NSW.
The AMP Foundation is excited to support the program’s implementation in Western Sydney and the Illawarra”.
The NSW Government has also committed to employing at least 100 refugees in public service jobs, with more than 40 refugees now employed across the sector.
Read more about the Refugee Employment Support Program.