SCARF provides employment readiness support to community members by providing provide form-filling support sessions, one-on-one resume writing and job application support, language and literacy support, digital literacy
training and local service briefing.
Refugee entrants experience multiple challenges as they journey toward full economic and social inclusion in their new home. Tasks such as completing complex forms, navigating bureaucratic and legal processes, studying towards Australian Citizenship and applying for jobs can be extremely difficult in a new country where many things, including language, are unfamiliar.
Even just one of these challenges can be enough to slow or halt progress toward settlement, and can cause significant overwhelm for people already engaged in the enormous task of rebuilding their lives as if from scratch.
Employment readiness support encompasses a number of initiatives addressing these challenges and supporting the personal and professional development of community members through adult learning. These include twice-weekly form-filling support sessions, regular Legal Aid consultation sessions, one-on-one resume-writing and job application support, citizenship study support, computer literacy training and local service briefing sessions.
Continuous Adult Learning Initiatives for Community Members
Job-Readiness Skills: SCARF offers group workshops and one-on-one support to assist community members to prepare a professional CV, write cover letters, complete job applications, make scholarship applications and prepare for job interviews.
Form-Filling Support: Assistance with forms is a common drop-in request at the SCARF office. Community members with developing English skills experience difficulty understanding how to fill in a variety of forms, including Centrelink forms, rental applications, government housing applications, Opal card applications, school enrollment forms and more.
Legal Aid Clinic at SCARF: SCARF has collaborated with Legal Aid to deliver a monthly clinic to assist the community with legal support. This collaboration responds to an increase in requests for support with complex documents such as citizenship, travel, immigration and family reunion forms.
Why Employment Readiness Matters
Supporting Employment Readiness
SCARF relies on support from the wider community to deliver our Continuous Learning for Adults program. There are many ways you can contribute, including volunteering, holding a fundraiser, or donating to SCARF.