This program provides employment assistance to people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants in vulnerable situations.
Established in 2017, JRS Australia’s employment assistance program is an award-winning, specialist employment service assisting people seeking asylum and other migrants in vulnerable situations to be ready for work.
The program connects people to suitable education and training, and assists with finding pathways to employment. Work is a vital part of building a life in a new country, allowing people to regain independence, connect with social networks, develop new skills, and maintain good mental health.
The program supports people who are facing significant barriers to employment in Australia, including:
- Non-recognition of short term ‘Bridging Visas’
- Non-recognition of qualifications from overseas
- Absence of social networks and capital
- Racism and prejudice
JRS Australia’s employment assistance program provides drop-in sessions run twice a week with trained volunteers who work with people to meet their employment-related needs.
One-on-one sessions focus on:
- resume development
- workplace expectations
- people’s rights and responsibilities at work
- how to look for potential employment
- practicing vital interview skills
The program is supported by two staff members and a team of qualified and passionate volunteers.
Between June 2017 and 2019, the program supported 395 women and men to become employment-ready. 201 women and men have gone on to find employment as a result.