MercyCare works closely with migrant and refugee individuals and families to provide support as they settle into their new lives in Perth, including helping them to find a job.
Support includes help to improve English language skills, developing a resume, preparing for interviews and how to look for job opportunities. We also work with local businesses to provide experience in an Australian workplace, helping migrants to improve their skills and broaden networks.
Afghan born asylum seeker Nouman has experienced the benefits first hand of being involved in a program that gives experience in the Australian workforce. Nouman was given a chance by master gardener Sabrina Hahn; Sabrina is well known for her gardening advice to West Australians and also runs Hort with Heart, her own gardening, landscaping and horticultural business which took on Nouman (23), last year.
Nouman needed to find work to support himself but his lack of education and network of local contacts proved significant barriers in his search for work. MercyCare connected Nouman with Sabrina last September, knowing he had some experience working on his family’s farm in Afghanistan.
The young man impressed Sabrina so much that he’s been taken on as a full-time contractor. Sabrina describes bringing Nouman into her team as “the best decision we’ve ever made.” “Nouman is a real asset to our business and an absolutely wonderful worker,” she said.
Sabrina is encouraging other Perth business owners to get involved in the Asylum Seeker Work Placement Program. Nouman says he’s been enjoying work and making the most of all the opportunities he’s had to learn new skills. “Working just helps the mind to feel good. You just feel good at being able to see what you can achieve and contribute to the community.”