Language and job skills set Helen on a path to higher learning
Since migrating to Australia from Vietnam in 2015, Helen Pham has become active in her local community after learning English through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), at Navitas Cabramatta. She also completed a Customer Service Course and work placement through the AMEP Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET).
Married with a young child, the family’s decision to move to Australia was for better opportunities in education and employment.
“I made friends easily when I arrived, but I needed interpreters’ help with things like banking and Centrelink forms while my husband was at work,” said Helen. “A friend told me about AMEP, and when I was called with my place confirmed in the class I was so happy I jumped up and yelled. I was in a library at the time, and everybody looked at me.”
Helen’s confidence grew from the skills taught at her SLPET course, along with her appetite for further study. Next year Helen plans to study the Cert 3 in Business Administration.
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Young students upskill to land jobs with First Aid Certificate
Passing their First Aid Certificates in March has brought employment rewards for two students in the Navitas Liverpool Youth class of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and the Smart, Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program.
Ban Al-Khafaji has recently started full-time work at a factory, and Ornella Saade has a new job at a childcare centre. Being trained to apply first aid skills in emergencies was considered an asset by their employers.
Many weeks of learning English in the AMEP classroom was needed to prepare students before they could begin their First Aid Training. The standard First Aid course covers patient treatment for spider and snake bites, choking, broken bones and burns. They needed to learn the basic medical vocabulary for procedures and emergency situation role-plays, completing medical forms and reports, and identifying hazards.
The skills learned during the First Aid Certificate project have changed students’ outlook on learning, and inspired them about pursuing new study and career options.
“All students felt a great sense of achievement when they passed the assessments,” said Iryna Druzenko, Liverpool Site Manager.
Navitas English is delivering the NSW Government’s Smart, Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program in the Western Sydney region. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.