Employment success for SCARF community members

As an organisation, SCARF is increasingly focusing on providing employment support to community members from refugee backgrounds. One of the ways we are doing this is through local organisations who provide work experience, training or employment to former refugees.

As part of this increased focus employment support, SCARF worked with Fulton Hogan and Fusion Training Solutions in December last year to support a group of people to complete pre-construction training as part of the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program. The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program is a statewide NSW Government initiative that aims to boost the number of skilled construction workers and create fresh pathways to employment across the state.

We were joined by Zeinab and Piang, who shared their experience as a SCARF community members, and participants in the pre-construction training with Fulton Hogan.

Zeinab arrived in Wollongong from Iran eight years ago, with her mother and sister. Zeinab’s involvement in SCARF began as soon as she arrived in Wollongong. As a student, Zeinab attended SCARF’s Homework Help and computer help until she finished High School in 2018. She also participated in Let’s Lead – our youth leadership program. Since graduating high school, Zeinab has been an assistant to our program coordinator, Andrew, with Homework Help. However, this isn’t the only SCARF volunteering program Zeinab has been a part of. She has been giving back to the SCARF community through volunteering in youth programs, interpreting, women’s night, social inclusion events and more. We are very fortunate to have Zeinab as a volunteer with us.

Piang arrived in Wollongong in 2019 from Malaysia. Piang is involved in our Coffee Club and Community Conversations on Fridays where he practices his English conversation skills and receives writing support with job applications. Piang also had the opportunity to take part in pre-construction training with Fulton Hogan. Fulton Hogan is a local infrastructure company committed to making a positive and enduring difference to the countries where they work. In NSW this commitment includes delivering against the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program to boost the number and diversity of skilled construction workers and create employment pathway.

Both Piang and Zeinab had the opportunity to learn construction procedures and gain certification in construction tools and equipment. Piang told us that the training helped him learn about the Australian workforce and provided him with work experience that he could use in finding a job. At the end of this training, Zeinab and Piang had the opportunity to attend an interview for a traineeship with Fulton Hogan and they were both successful in gaining employment with Fulton Hogan. Please join us in congratulating both Piang and Zeinab!

Zeinab (left) and Piang (right)