Paving the road to employment for asylum seekers

16 January 2020

The work of our National Immigration Support Services (NISS) reflects our commitment to ensure people who may find it hard to advocate for themselves, have the support they need to plan their future.

Fatima Addasi* is originally from Iran and was referred for employment support by her NISS Coordinator in 2018. The pathway to employment for people in Fatima's position can be rocky, but her support staff never wavered in their goal to assist her achieve a career in the aged and disability care sector.

They encouraged various training options, including vocational training and English language classes. After linking her with her local health district, she was assisted to complete a detailed application form for Westmead Hospital in NSW. After attending an interview, she started work as a hospital Volunteer, where her ability to speak both Farsi and English was a great asset.

This is the just beginning for Fatima. She has now enrolled in a Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) with TAFE NSW, with the aim of getting a job as a support worker in a role that will use her Farsi speaking skills.

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