Accenture and the Red Cross offer technical training to 200 refugees – Services

Accenture Australia has partnered with the Red Cross to provide free digital skills training to 200 refugees who recently arrived in Western Australia, which the organizations hope will ease the tech labor shortage in the country. ‘State.

Called the “Connect Match Support Programme”, also co-funded by the Home Office, includes online training sessions, CV writing, English lessons, professional mentoring and mock interviews.

The charity and digital consultancy called the partnership a dual-purpose scheme that would help address Western Australian business labor shortages, ‘exacerbated by prolonged border restrictions due to the pandemic “.

Citing figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Accenture and the Red Cross said businesses in Western Australia had more than 65,000 vacancies, in sectors including hospitality, agriculture, logistics and mining.

Commenting on the partnership, Accenture Australia’s Senior Managing Director and Head of Technology Australia, Scott Hahn, said: “Starting a new life in a foreign country and finding work can be difficult, especially with barriers. such as language and a lack of work experience or local references. .”

“We hope this program will enable each individual to successfully enter the job market and facilitate their integration into Australian life, while helping to address the skills shortage crisis that a number of industries are facing. currently facing.”

Shzan Plandowski, economic engagement manager for Red Cross migration support programmes, said that despite Australia’s high level of job demand, only 17% of refugees get jobs within 18 months of their arrival. arrival, and the median income of refugees after five years of settlement is just $31,000, compared to the national average of $60,000.

“Meaningful economic participation is one of the most important aspects of a successful settlement journey for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.”

“People with this kind of lived experience have a lot to offer employers. They are resilient, industrious and eager to give back to the communities they now call home.

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