Employment Initiative Boosts Opportunities for Migrants to Get Back Into Work

Migrants in Western Australia will get the opportunity to boost their chances of finding a job in the state, through a new initiative designed to support newcomers and employers.

The City of Stirling’s new Kaleidoscope program will help newly arrived migrants find work in their field of expertise while increasing workforce participation of underemployed and unemployed migrants.

“Migration brings with it a wealth of skills and knowledge that greatly contribute to the growth and development of Western Australia,” Citizenship and Multicultural Interests minister Paul Papalia said.

“The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope initiative is an invaluable resource for newcomers entering the WA workforce and for employees seeking to realise the benefits of diversity.”

$250,000 has been provided to the program through the State Government’s Local Project’s, Local Jobs initiative, which has been developed in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

The organisation is using its international expertise and models that use diversity to improve economies and employment.

The four-stream program will include in phase one the delivery of an employer partnership program that provides cultural competency training, diverse workplace strategies and networking opportunities support for immigrant networks to provide networking opportunities for newcomers .

It will also involve an independent stakeholder partner network that includes employers, professional migrant networks, community agencies and stakeholders, as well as develop an online resource hub to support newcomers and employers.

Phase two of the project will involve the creation of a mentoring program to match skilled migrants with mentors.

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said the initiative provided WA the opportunity migrants to find employment.

“I am proud to represent a community of Western Australians with a rich cultural heritage; our diversity is a foundation of innovation that needs to be employed to progress our economy and to ensure all Western Australians can maximise our potential,” she said.

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