More employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers

More refugees and asylum seekers in the ACT now have access to government-subsidised training in areas of skills shortage.

The eligibility criteria for the Australian Apprenticeships and Skilled Capital programs has been expanded. It now includes refugees and asylum seekers on temporary and bridging visas. The changes provide greater employment opportunities in skills shortage areas.

This is 21 year-old Jawad Haidari’s story

Jawad Haidari was born in Iran. Jawad is 21 years old, and is a permanent humanitarian visa holder, living in the ACT. After an extremely difficult childhood, and a long and tough journey to Australia, Jawad spent four months in a juvenile detention centre in Hobart, before coming to Canberra and commencing study at Dickson College. 

Jawad studied woodwork and undertook a work experience placement with Canberra business, Simplicity Kitchens. Owner, David Jackson, was impressed by Jawad’s efforts and strong work ethic during his work experience placement, and took him on as an apprentice. Now in the second year of his apprenticeship completing a Certificate III in Cabinet Making, Jawad is excelling.

Mr Jackson experienced a number of challenges initially employing Jawad because of his refugee status, however he advocated on Jawad’s behalf and believes this has certainly paid off. Mr Jackson encourages more Canberra businesses to consider taking on refugees as apprentices.

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