Further Hope’s Employability Training project aims to upskill approximately 40 CALD Logan region residents, empowering and preparing them to join the local job market.
Logan is attracting more and more multicultural residents because of its competitive housing prices and employment opportunities. While this is great for the region’s economic development, it also brings certain challenges. One of them is this: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) residents can find it extremely difficult to engage in employment because the processes of looking for work and the expectations of them in an Australian workplace are so different from those in their own cultures.
Often new immigrants don’t know how the job market works, and where and how they should start looking for jobs in this country. If they are lucky enough to find a position, misunderstandings about work ethics can cause them to lose it, and not always happen because they don’t work hard enough. In fact, immigrants sometimes work too hard, not stopping for morning tea because they are so diligent. At times, their Australian work mates can see this as strange and unfriendly. Australian work culture is very distinct and new arrivals need to know how to be prepared for it.
Our Employability Training project addresses this problem directly in the Logan area by preparing CALD recent immigrants for work.
The training will be delivered in a series of lessons focusing on the essential skills needed to be successful in gaining and keeping employment. The lessons will be modified according to participants’ skills and needs in a flexible learning, outcome focused manner.
Learning the skills to find and secure employment helps not only training participants, but also their families, their communities and ultimately the Council too. The most harmonious communities comprise engaged, integrated and employed residents.
Empowering CALD residents with the skills to find and keep jobs helps with integration possibilities in the long term, whether these connections happen in work environments, within the community or at the types of social event that people are more likely to join in when when they have a secure income.
Persons that have benefited personally from Council-sponsored initiatives are more likely to feel goodwill and trust towards the organisation in particular and this region in general.
An increase in employment directly affects the region’s economic development by funneling more money and resources into the economy. If this project results in the employment of at least 50% of its participants within 3 months of training, that will contribute over $10 million to the Logan regional economy within 10 years.
Additionally having a culturally diverse workforce is proven to make a business stronger and more receptive to its target market, increasing profits in the long term.
Multicultural competency goes both ways but most immigrants and CALD citizens are aware that they need to make the first step to cultural adjustment. However employing multicultural persons also contributes to raising the cultural competency of both a business and its community, facilitating better understanding and acceptance of other cultures and promoting harmonious integration.