Migrants and refugees benefit from work expo

Daniel Zu from Startts, Gary Lee and Des Dejrangsi from Cabramatta Community Centre at the Pathways to Employment Expo at Cabravale Leisure Centre Photo: Wesley Lonergan
Daniel Zu from Startts, Gary Lee and Des Dejrangsi from Cabramatta Community Centre at the Pathways to Employment Expo at Cabravale Leisure Centre Photo: Wesley Lonergan
Daniel Zu from Startts, Gary Lee and Des Dejrangsi from Cabramatta Community Centre at the Pathways to Employment Expo at Cabravale Leisure Centre Photo: Wesley Lonergan

Daniel Zu from Startts, Gary Lee and Des Dejrangsi from Cabramatta Community Centre at the Pathways to Employment Expo at Cabravale Leisure Centre Photo: Wesley Lonergan

REFUGEES and migrants are on the path to finding employment after more than 1000 people turned up to the Pathways to Employment Expo for Migrants and Refugees last week.

At the expo, at Cabravale Leisure Centre, were representatives of TAFE NSW, Mission Australia, NSW Health, Centrelink, the University of Technology Sydney and Navitas English.

They spoke to the migrants and refugees about applying for jobs, apprenticeships, university careers and setting goals.

The college manager at Navitas English in Cabramatta, Alison Macleod, said she was impressed with the turnout.

"The Fairfield local government area has a high percentage of migrants who have lower English skills, so they need to have a lot of support to gain employment and training in order to prepare themselves," she said. "If you come from a different country you're on the back foot already so they need as much help as they can, which is why we organised this expo."

There were also presentations from Australian Tax Office, Department of Human Services, AusNAC CVGT and TAFE NSW.

All sessions were provided in Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese, Karen, Khmer and Vietnamese.

"We had stalls along the hallway and a marquee, [all of which] were really well attended, so it was a really good feeling this year," Ms Macleod said.

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