New migrants embraced their life in Launceston, Tasmania

Posted: 8th Nov

Migrant Resource Centre and Tasmania's Masonic Aged Care joined forces to diversify the industry's workforce by training migrants in northern Tasmania.

Forty-five expressions of interests were received for the 17-week program before the twelve graduates, who are originally from Nepal, Sudan, Indonesia and the Philippines, were chosen and completed the course.

Esther Preece was one of the successful graduates and said thank you to the MAC staff for their support and giving them the opportunity.

"This training program makes sure that everybody has their own key of life and allows people to achieve their goals," she said.

"My thanks goes to the people who brought us to this lovely country."

The group treated guests, including Launceston City mayor Albert van Zetten, to two traditional dances and a rendition of Bruce Woodley's I am Australian.

During the program the graduates received formal qualifications from TasTAFE in first aid, health and safety and interacting effectively at work.

They also gained 30 hours of experience in catering, laundry services and cleaning at the MAC's Peace Haven and Fred French centre during their placement.

MRC chief executive officer Ella Dixon said the graduates worked hard and the 100 per cent completion rate by the group was proof.

"We have 12 people from different countries coming together, in an Australian workplace setting, to work together and to develop themselves and to support their families and for a better future," she said.

"I think it is testament to the quality of the migrants that are here in Launceston and reading the newspapers for the last couple of days around racism (and) discrimination there is still a little bit of work to be done but these are shinning examples."

The program was a part of the federally funded Aged Care Diversity which aims to reduce barriers and disadvantages for migrants through accredited training, work placements and employment assistance.

Source: The Examiner -