SCARF to deliver the NSW government’s refugee employment support program


The RESP is a four-year $22 million initiative by the NSW Government, managed by the NSW Department of Education. RESP works at a local level to provide targeted job readiness programs, work experience pathways and support opportunities for former refugees and asylum seekers to secure meaningful employment. When the program commenced in 2017, it was anticipated that RESP would assist up to 6,000 refugees and 1,000 asylum seekers across Western Sydney and Illawarra, the areas where a majority of refugees settle in NSW. In the last three years, the RESP has provided support to over 7,500 refugees and asylum seekers.

While SCARF has been providing employment readiness support to community members in the Illawarra for some time, this is a milestone moment for SCARF, as it is the first time we have accessed government funding to support and expand this much needed area of our work.

We are thrilled for the opportunity to continue to develop our employment support programs and provide practical and meaningful opportunities for further training and local employment at what we know is a difficult time for many.

Thank you to SSI for this opportunity. We look forward to ramping up this project.

CEO, Pippa Rendel spoke to ABC Illawarra on the RESP initiative