Thursday, 29 September 2016


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Worker’s Name: Margaret Wulff

Organisation/Service/Project: South Western Sydney Institute
Telephone/Email: 9780-5611

Initiative/Project: Foundation Skills Faculty

  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops:

This is a short language, literacy and numeracy course designed for young migrants. It aims to provide young migrant students with the skills and knowledge to undertake further study or work in the community.

Eligibility Criteria:

·         18 years old or over?
·         No longer at school??
·         Living or working in NSW
·         An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

Qualification: Certificate I

National Code: 10087NAT – 01V03

College: TAFE Bankstown College, Building J Level 2 Room 04, Chapel Road, Bankstown NSW 2200

Start Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016

Course Fees: please contact Head Teacher Margaret Wulff

Attendance Options: 20 hours for 8 weeks – 4 days per week – 9 am to 2 pm

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Skilled Migrant Development Program - Information session 26th September 2016

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Worker’s Name: Dinaz Rather - 0434 423 762

April Pan 9789 3744

Organisation/Service/Project: MetroAssist

Initiative/Project: SkillMe Project

  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops:
Skilled Migrant Development Program
Information session 26th September 18, 2016

Venue: OTEN - Open Training and Education Network Room A.106, 51 Wentworth Rd, Strathfield 2135

The information session is free

SkillME, in partnership with OTEN TAFE NSW, will launch another employment preparation program for skilled migrants.

A fast track course to prepare qualified professionals to enter the Australian workforce:

 • funded by the NSW Government through Smart and Skilled
 • free for eligible participants
 • 36 hours of face to face tuition provided (in 5-6 weeks) Human resource specialists and employers will provide career advice through interactive workshops.

Course outline
 • Developing a greater awareness of workplace culture and trends in the Australian labour market
 • Developing a career portfolio, résumé and cover letter
 • Strategies to identify employment opportunities
 • Marketing yourself effectively
 • Preparing for the job interview
 • Career management skills

Participants who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to be placed with a host organisation for a three-month internship to gain local work experience in your

Employment Opportunity - Arabic Speakers - FICT program

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Worker’s Name: Susan Cunningham

Organisation/Service/Project: STARTTS

Telephone/Email: -  97941900

Initiative/Project: FICT

  • Employment Opportunities:

Families in Cultural Transition
Bi-Cultural Facilitator Program

Eligibility Criteria

We are currently recruiting facilitators who can
speak the languages of Syria and Iraq including:

Arabic, Assyrian, Chaldean, Kurdish languages
v  Be able to speak and read and write in English and one of the languages above  spoken within your community

v  Have experience in running groups for adults

v  Be available to attend 4 days of initial training and periodic supervision and workshops during standard working hours.

Accreditation as an interpreter is desirable, but not essential

Selection Process

1.    Applicants who meet the above criteria need to complete an   Expression of Interest form (included in this information package) and email it along with your resume to by Wednesday 28th September 2016.

2.    Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview

3.    Successful applicants will receive four days of training to become FICT  Facilitators
Training will be held from 9:30am-4pm in Sydney on 14th, 15th and 21st, 22nd October 2016.

4.    Successful applicants will sign contracts to work as sessional FICT Facilitators once they have completed their training.

Statement of Duties

Facilitators will be required to:

v  Recruit participants for FICT workshops from within their communities,
      with the support of STARTTS
v  Select, translate and adapt FICT resources for use in workshops
v  Make practical arrangements for delivery of FICT workshops with support of STARTTS
v  Maintain records and participate in evaluation of workshops 
v  Attend relevant training
v  Participate in supervision and focus groups

Rates of Payment

Facilitators will be paid $1800 for the delivery and preparation of each ten-module program. If two Facilitators co-facilitate a workshop they will each be paid at the above rate.

In addition to the above, Facilitators will be paid at a separate rate of $27.00 per hour for attending supervision and focus groups. Facilitators will not be paid for their initial four days of training.
Contractual Arrangements

FICT Facilitators undertake paid sessional work under short-term contracts signed with STARTTS. They are not employed by STARTTS.

Under this arrangement, it is best for Facilitators to have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Information about how to apply for an ABN from the Australian Taxation Office is to be found online. There is no charge involved in obtaining an ABN. (Facilitators can sign a contract without an ABN, but this is not recommended as a significant portion of the payment must be deducted in tax).

As contract workers, Facilitators do not receive sickness benefits or annual leave. STARTTS will pay the first year’s membership of the NSW Bilingual Educators Association Inc. This will cover you for public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Facilitators are generally expected to carry out their preparation work from home, although use of STARTTS resources (eg. computers, photocopiers, printers) may be arranged. Copies of handouts required for your group can be made at a STARTTS Office by prior arrangement.

SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships

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Organisation/Service/Project: Settlement Services International

Initiative/Project: SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships

  • Scholarship Opportunities:
SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships now available

Young refugees needing help with their school education and adults seeking local recognition for their qualifications will be among those eligible for new scholarships worth more than $90,000.

Allianz Australia and Settlement Services International (SSI) are offering the scholarships to help refugees settle in the community.

Forty-six scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, will be offered in five categories, including:
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • Vocational Education + Training (VET)
  • University
  • Skills & qualifications recognition
The SSI Allianz Scholarships directly support people from refugee backgrounds in NSW to achieve independence.

The scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the NSW education system.
Applications close October 31, 2016.

Scholarships announced December 2016. For application forms, visit

Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people, supports meaningful social and economic participation, and helps individuals and families reach their potential.

Sunday, 11 September 2016


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Worker’s Name: Sue Simonian

Organisation/Service/Project: Benevolent Society and DET NSW

Telephone/Email: 0413231950 - 

Initiative/Project: STEP INTO WORK

  • Employment/Job Seeking Training/Workshops:

Step into Work is a free program which assists women who would like to find meaningful, paid work.

The program is run over 6 weekly sessions in small supportive groups. The session are facilitated by professional experts in human resources/recruitment, stress management and coaching.

Course Outline

The program consist of six weekly, two and a half hour sessions and covers:

-       Values and job preferences
-       Matching skills to appropriate job types
-       Resume and cover letter preparation
-       Interview and communication practice
-       Searching for and applying for jobs
-       Stress management

Where:  Cabramatta Schools as Community Centre (SaCC) C/O Cabramatta Public School Levuka st. Cabramatta 2166

When: Tuesday 25 October – 29 November (6 weekly sessions)

Time: 10 am to 12.30 pm

Cost: Free

Childcare: Free Child Minding

Registration close Monday 17th October and for more information please call Sue, Facilitator SaCC on 0413231950 or email