'Outstanding result': Refugee TAFE program leads to employment

Students Rafed Aleas Esa, Elisabat Aslani and Shabir Muez at Fairfield Hospital.
Students Rafed Aleas Esa, Elisabat Aslani and Shabir Muez at Fairfield Hospital.

Syrian refugee Elisabat Aslani came to Australia in 2016 and was working in a fruit shop.

"...but I decided to gain some more knowledge to improve my job prospects," said Ms Aslani, who enrolled in the Career Pathways for Refugees in Health program at TAFE NSW.

"Not only did I gain an introduction to the medical administration sector, but I also learnt crucial employment skills like how to sit an interview and create a strong resume.

"I really enjoyed the practical style of learning and was confident the industry connections of my teachers at TAFE NSW would help me to secure a job after my studies."

Ms Aslani and now been offered a job as a customer service officer at Fairfield Hospital. She is was one of seven students from the Career Pathways for Refugees in Health program who been offered employment at Fairfield Hospital.

The program, a collaboration between TAFE NSW, South Western Sydney Local Health District and CORE Community Services, is designed to promote training and career pathways in health for people from a migrant and refugee background.

Student Shabir Muez, Fairfield Hospital Administration Manager Sylwia Michalak, student Doonya Ghaemi, Fairfield Hospital General Manager Paul Crowe, student Nebal Alshahaf and Fairfield Hospital Community Participation Manager Robyn El-Khair.

Student Shabir Muez, Fairfield Hospital Administration Manager Sylwia Michalak, student Doonya Ghaemi, Fairfield Hospital General Manager Paul Crowe, student Nebal Alshahaf and Fairfield Hospital Community Participation Manager Robyn El-Khair.

Students enrolled in the program can go on to work in medical and allied health practices, private surgeries and hospitals.

TAFE NSW Cultural and Linguistic Diversity coordinator Eva Atkins, said the pathways program gives refugees an introduction to a career as a medical receptionist, clinic administrator, nursing administrator or medical records officer.

"Western Sydney is expanding, with the region's population forecast to grow to 2.9 million by 2036. This population boom has increased the need for a strong allied healthcare system and boosted job opportunities in the sector," Ms Atkins said.

"This year, each of the seven graduates from the program who applied for positions at Fairfield Hospital have received job offers, which is an outstanding result.

"The Career Pathways for Refugees in Health Program has been so successful that we are extending the delivery of courses to include TAFE NSW locations at Wetherill Park, Granville, Liverpool and Campbelltown."

  • To find out more about the Career Pathways for Refugees in Health program, visittafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.