Twenty-eight migrants to the Coast have put their new job-ready skills into action at Sunshine Coast Council’s Migrant Work Ready program graduation and employer networking event held last week in Mooloolaba.
It comes after participants completed the eight-week course offering practical tips from professionals, community organisations and business owners on how to prepare for the local job market.
Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group member Peppi Bueti says recent migrants to the region often faced many challenges in finding jobs.
“To see how much of a difference this program makes to these migrants in just a few short months is incredible.”
A total of 75 graduates have completed the program since its inception.
Tina Tsvetanova, 39, migrated from Bulgaria to Alexandra Headland last year with her husband Mike. Since arriving, the family has expanded with the birth of their son Martin and in more good news Ms Tsvetanova recently received a job offer in her field after completing the Migrant Work Ready program.
“I was having a hard time finding a job in architecture so I decided to join this program as I felt it would be useful,” Ms Tsvetanova says.
“It was great for networking and connecting with local people from the business community. We also did some practical work from time to time, such as interviewing and CV writing.”
The program was delivered by Sunshine Coast Council, Nambour Community Centre, Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, TAFE Queensland, Volunteering Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance Business Mentor Program.