Migrants build professional networks and confidence through work experience program


A group of migrants from all over the world were recognised on Friday at a special graduation ceremony after completing the ACT Government’s Work Experience and Support Program (WESP).

The program is designed to help Canberrans from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enter the workforce by providing an opportunity to improve skills and confidence, as well as develop important networks within the ACT Public Service.

The program is structured in two parts: four weeks of formal training in office skills and administration; and eight weeks of voluntary work placement in an ACT Government agency.

Graduate Amarachi Ikwechegh from Nigeria said her placement into the ACT Government Solicitors enabled her to learn from some great legal minds and expand her professional network.

“The WESP program gives people the opportunity to study and keep up their skills while working across the ACT Public Service,” Mrs Ikwechegh said.

“Your work colleagues help you along the way which helps build your confidence very quickly. This is important as we are all from different countries and have very diverse backgrounds,” she said.

The graduates of this program hail from 11 countries including South Korea, Nigeria, Macedonia and Russia reflecting the diverse and vibrant multicultural community that is Canberra.

Click here for more information about the WESP program.