Migrant work ready
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Nov 2022

The Migrant Work Ready program prepares migrants for jobs and improves employment oppourtunites.  

The program includes eight workshops, a graduation event, mentoring and networking opportunities.  

Participants gain an understanding of:

  • Australian work culture, local life and connecting with local people
  • resume writing, job hunting and interview skills
  • how to create a standout LinkedIn profile
  • how to make a great impression and speak with confidence
  • growth of the region and job opportunities into the future
  • benefits of networking and volunteering
  • how to maintain a positive mindset and set career goals.

Submitting an application   

Applications are now closed and the program is expected to be offered again in 2023. 

Please email to be placed on the waiting list. 

To be eligible you must:

  • commit to attending all eight workshops and the graduation event
  • be a resident of the Sunshine Coast local government area
  • be unemployed, or under employed  and looking for work
  • not have not previously completed the program
  • create a LinkedIn Australia profile when you start the program. 

Delivered in partnership 

Sunshine Coast Council, Nambour Community Centre, Queensland Government, Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, TAFE Queensland, Volunteering Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance have worked in partnership to deliver the program. 

 Listen to graduates of the program

The case for a culturally diverse workforce 

More than 2000 new migrants are moving to the Sunshine Coast annually, and local businesses have everything to gain by tapping into this growing workforce. 

Employing a culturally diverse workforce leads to many benefits including:

  • increased creativity and productivity
  • a wider range of skills
  • improved employment outcomes
  • improved mental and physical health
  • reduced cost of social services
  • inclusive growth.

Read the case study for a culturally diverse workforce[1437KB] and view a short video that shares the journey of the Migrant Work Ready participants and local businesses including:

  • Shadforths Civil Engineering
  • McCormick Foods
  • Kilcoy Global Foods


"By hiring people of diverse backgrounds, we have a greater ability to talk to and relate to customers from all over the world”

Cheryl Keegan, Kilcoy Global Foods Strategic HR Consultant.  

How to get involved

Businesses, community groups and potential mentors are welcome to join the MWR program. 

Whether looking to hire, wanting to share industry knowledge, or curious about including diverse voices in your workforce, please contact for more information.