Migrants Work Ready program providing opportunity for all
  • Wednesday 25 July 2018
ImageIf you are from a multicultural background and want to improve your skills and confidence to secure a job, make sure you register to attend the free eight-week Migrant Work Ready program starting in August at SolBar in Maroochydore.

The program is an initiative of Nambour Community Centre and will be delivered in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council, Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, SolBar and Stones Throw Group.

Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group member Peppi Bueti said the region had a strong and rich migrant history which had helped the Sunshine Coast become the vibrant place it is today.

“While it is well known migrants have contributed to the Sunshine Coast socially, economically and culturally, one criteria outlined in the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan was to increase opportunities for people from a multicultural background,” he said.

“The Maroochy Chamber of Commerce is one local business group who have offered their support to the free Migrant Work Ready Program.

“I not only encourage participants to register but the local business community to assist by acting as mentors and offer work experience opportunities to migrants.

“Many of these migrants have great skills and experience but they may lack business contacts and an understanding of the local work environment.

“Mentors and volunteers will have an opportunity to share their experiences and wisdom with the participants and really make a difference in other people’s lives.

“With guest speakers from Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, Toast Masters and Dimi Limnatitis from the Sol Bar, presenting on topics such as job hunting skills to mentoring opportunities, these workshops are a must for migrants.”

Community Portfolio Cr Jenny McKay said council was a proud partner of the Migrants Work Ready program through the inaugural Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group.

“An outcome from council’s 2017-2020 Multicultural Action Plan was for the advisory group to provide expert advice and assistance to deliver the plan’s priority areas and actions,” Cr McKay said.

“The Migrant Work Ready program will certainly go a long way towards ensuring members of our multicultural community are able to access opportunities in our region.

“On behalf of council, I would like to commend the partners on delivering an extensive workshop program which will build and nurture an even stronger Sunshine Coast, one that is healthy, smart and creative.”

For more information or to express your interest, contact Shine Jang at Nambour Community Centre on 0456 000 527 or via email mcw@nambourcc.org