Enhancing Employability Skills for Refugee & Migrant Young People

Organisation

Lentil as Anthing & NMIT

Project

Enhancing Employability Skills for Refugee & Migrant Young People

Location/Municipality

Collingwood - Yarra Region

Grant

Pathways to Employment 08 - 09

In November, 22 young people graduated from their accredited Barista and Kitchen Operations course. The young people learned English as a Second Language and had recently come to Australia as refugees or migrants. The project was a partnership between Lentil As Anything café at Abbotsford Convent, who provided an extensive work placement opportunity for the students, and the NMIT’s Young Adult Migrant Education Centre (YAMEC) who coordinated the training. The training ran from August until December.

Of the 22 participants, nine are working part-time and a further five are continuing on to further training. All participants have qualifications behind them now and continued their English classes in 2009. The project gave young people a better understanding of the reality of a work environment and experience in customer service as well as a valuable opportunity to apply their English language skills in the Australian workplace. For a handful of the students the experience helped them to recognise that hospitality is not their thing, which is an important part of the career pathway. As the training component was held at NMIT’s main campus in Preston, the project gave young people their first introduction to a mainstream TAFE environment.