Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Learning English Online

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Worker’s Name: Jann Debenham | Technical Specialist Multicultural  

Organisation/Service/Project: AMES – Bankstown City Council


  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops:
Learn English Online.  AMES Online with Jobseeking skills - Your Job interactive program to help people with resumes and interview skills  is available - On the Online Databases page. Log on with your Bankstown Library card!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Employment Weblinks

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Worker’s Name: Jann Debenham

Organisation/Service/Project: Bankstown City Council


Places to find jobs - weblinks

  • Adecco Employment Agency

  • Kelly Services

  • Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald

  • The local Torch newspaper

           (NSW Department of Education teaching and office jobs)

Volunteering Opportunities

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Worker’s Name: Jann Debenham|
Organisation/Service/Project: Bankstown City Council
Website address:

  • Volunteering Opportunities:

Volunteer Information

This is a good way to develop skills and experience for work, be useful and  practise English!

To be a volunteer means you work for free.
Volunteer work can sometimes lead to paid work.

For the Bankstown area:
Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre
11 Ryan Road
Tel: 9774 2426

  • You will not be guaranteed volunteer work, but you can only TRY.
  • Coolaburoo can provide First Aid Certficate training (no cost to you - paid by Bankstown City Council)

Call or email them and tell them your skills.
Eg "My skills are ..."
-       taking care of older people (aged care)
-       cooking
-       typing
-       cleaning
-       painting
-       desktop publishing
-       washing cars
-       hairdresser/hairdressing
-       beautician
-       interpersonal skills - good with people
-       artwork - drawing, painting, advertising, promotion
-       nursing
-       washing dishes
-       making great cups of tea and coffee
-       gardening
-       planting trees and shrubs
-       catering - cooking and making great cups of tea and coffee for events
-       languages
-       financial management (and/or) handling money
-       driving
-       walking    (eg distributing brochures - newspapers, walking people's dogs)
-       health and fitness

For all of Sydney:
Volunteering NSW
Level 3
40 Gloucester Street
The Rocks (near Circular Quay in the city)

Call first for directions on how to get there:
Tel: 9261 3600
They have an Information Session every Friday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Volunteering Opportunities
These organisations generally provide good support, can teach you skills, and can provide future direction:

Mission Australia

The Salvation Army

The Smith Family

The Red Cross

The United Nations, Sydney

Other places that may help:

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Looking for Mentors

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Worker’s Name: April Pan 

Organisation/Service/Project:  Metro Migrant Resource Centre

Telephone/Email:  9789 3744,

Website address:


  • Volunteering Opportunities:

Mentor Overview

New Migrant Employment Support and Mentoring Program

Funded by ClubGrants in 2012/2013, the New Migrant Employment Support and Mentoring Program is designed to help new migrants settling in the Canterbury LGA to overcome barriers to employment by better understanding the Australian labour market and acquiring relevant skills. There are three key components in the program:

-          Community education sessions on the Australian labour market

-          Mentoring support for job seekers

-          Producing and disseminating career pathway resources

As the most important component of the program, we are seeking a number of mentors to support the job seekers enrolled in the program.  

Purpose of mentor support:

What we see in the experience of job hunting in many new migrants is not only the language barrier and lack of local qualification and experience, but sometimes more importantly, lack of knowledge and resource. Many things that settled migrants who have already gone through or Australians simply take for granted, poses great obstacles for new migrants, such as but not limited to:

-          Knowledge of the Australia job market, career pathways and prospects of certain professions.

-          Expectations/requirements of certain jobs and whether one is able to handle some responsibilities. For example, a childcare worker may be required to carry babies so someone with injuries in their arms or backs may not be able to do it.

-          Cultural differences

-          Industry trends and professional development opportunities

Such lack of knowledge stops new migrants from taking the most effective approaches in their job hunting,  forces them to make uninformed decisions into a job/career or training which may not suit their skills or circumstances, only to waste precious time and money.

The purpose of mentor support in this program aims to provide job seekers such knowledge and resource brought forward by their fellow migrants who have gone through a similar challenging journey. It is expected the mentors would inform the mentees, to their knowledge, the qualification, skills and experience one must obtain to enter certain professions; expectations and careers prospects in those professions, as well as barriers in job seeking and how to overcome them.

It is expected through the mentor support, job seekers (mentees) will feel an increased sense of self-worth and empowerment; they will be better informed of their professions in Australia and will feel empowered to tackle challenges and make an informed decision on where to go next on their careers choices.

Benefits of being a mentor in the program:

-          Help your fellow migrants in their job hunting and settlement experience in Australia and contribute to a more positive experience of other people

-          Enhance your skills in coaching, counselling and modelling

-          Development your personal leadership, demonstrate and share your knowledge, experience and skills

-          Gain recognition and respect

-          Learn new perspectives and approaches

-          Your efforts will be rewarded and expenses be reimbursed. We pay each mentor a small fee of $800 for their valuable contribution over the period of the program which is expected to be 6-8 months.

Requirement of Mentors:

-          Themselves or their parents come from a non-English speaking background

-          Have qualifications or experience in one of the highly sought-after professions for many new migrants, including but not limit to: accounting, engineering, IT, social and community service, child care, aged care, small business, administration

-          Commitment to remain in the role for the entire 6-8 months of the program

-          Capacity to attend a half-day mentor training; to meet the mentees at least three times in the duration of the program and on top of these face-to-face meetings, to  be available for approximately one hour per fortnight with the mentees on any communication means

-          Preferably have a ABN to receive payments. Please discuss with us if you don’t.

Mentor Training

Mentors are required to attend a 4-hour training where they will be introduced to essentials of mentoring. They will also be briefed on the program, their responsibilities and other relevant matters.

Mentor Mentee Matching

Mentors and mentees from similar professional backgrounds and reside/work in close neighbourhoods will be introduced and matched in a matching meeting.

Application and Selection of Mentors:

If you’re interested in contributing your time and knowledge in this program, please send a brief cover letter and resume to April Pan at by Wed 12 Dec 2012. You will then be contacted before the mid of Jan to inform you of a decision. Depending on the number of applications, we may ask you to come in for a short interview.

Please feel free to contact April via email or on 9789 3744 if you have any questions before you apply.

Free English Classes

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Worker’s Name: Nevine Ghaly

Organisation/Service/Project: LLNP

Telephone/Email: 1300 676 937/ 8700 3900


Free English classes at 4 locations: Campsie, Bankstown, Marrickville, Ashfield

  • Employment Opportunities: Empowering and preparing  clients for the workforce

  • Volunteering Opportunities: Searching for opportunities for clients 

  • Duration and commencement:

We are open for teaching all year except Public holidays

Free 800 hours (Approx 8-9 Month) depending on attendance

As soon as client is assessed commencement occurrence the following working day.

  • English classes/conversation group:

English for Survival classes.

  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops:

Embedded in the LLN program

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Ashfield - Job Club

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Worker’s Name: Miguel Ferrero
Organisation/Service/Project: Ashfield Council – OTPN (partnership)


  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops: Ashfield Council is hosting a free vive week Job Club, which is designed to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees to find employment. Topics such as workplace culture, employment strategies, job interview skills and others will be covered.
Where: Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Rd – Ashfield
When: Fridays – 16, 23, 30 November and 7, 14 December 2012
What time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Registrations is essential: for more information or to register, please contact Cathy Gao, on 97161813 or email to

Certificate in Spoken and Written English - CSWE

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Worker’s Name: Shaun
Organisation/Service/Project: Navitas English
Website address: (settlement English)


  • English classes/conversation group: Fee paying clients can join AMEP classes and achieve Certificate in Spoken and Written English Credentials (CSWE) – CSWE I, II, III are qualifications recognised under ASQA and within the Australian Quality Training Framework (ASQA). 
$ 100 initial assessment
$ 12 per hour