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Migrants well-equipped and ready for work

Networking at the sixth annual Migrant Work Ready graduation event has given skilled Sunshine Coast multicultural workers an opportunity to rub shoulders with Sunshine Coast businesses.

Networking at the sixth annual Migrant Work Ready graduation event has given skilled Sunshine Coast multicultural workers an opportunity to rub shoulders with Sunshine Coast businesses.

A year-long program of workshops, talks, individual case management, job-brokering and placements has prepared graduates for the local job market.

The Migrant Work Ready program this year was integrated into a new Queensland Government Diverse Queensland Workforce program, with Baringa Community Centre having implemented the 12-month pilot program this year.

Deputy Mayor and Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said diverse teams brought rich perspectives, varied experience and a tapestry of ideas that fuelled productivity and innovation.

“Building strong and resilient communities is a key outcome of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019 – 2041 and diverse employment and business programs strengthen our community both socially and economically,” Councillor Baberowski said.

“When businesses employ a diverse workforce, it benefits the business, its employees and customers, not only through improved cultural insights but also through increased productivity and creativity and access to a wider range of skills.

“Diversity isn’t a check box, it’s a catalyst for success.”

Caloundra Community Centre, Coordinator of the Diverse Queensland Workforce Program, Stella Romagnoli said the program was an important and relevant program for the Sunshine Coast community.

“The program helps migrants put their experience into practice at the same time as getting a job in a new place and country while also providing employers with highly resourceful and educated staff,” Ms Romagnoli said.

“Global research has shown many benefits of employing a diverse workforce, including higher engagement, less employee turnover, broad problem-solving strategies and increased profits.

“We thank the businesses that partnered with the program this year and ask any businesses that would like to be involved in the program in the future to please connect with the Diverse Qld Workforce at Baringa Community Centre.”

Welcoming Australia CEO Aleem Ali attended the networking event on November 9 and shared insights on the value of a culturally diverse workforce.

“I have seen firsthand the success of culturally diverse workforces across businesses of all sizes,” Mr Ali said.

“Welcoming Australia has implemented a new program called Welcoming Workplaces which supports businesses to compete globally and helps to promote diversity, multiculturalism, interculturalism, and social cohesion in the workplace.”

About the Migrant Work Ready program:

  • Connecting with potential business employers 
  • Providing education and support to migrant employment
  • Providing resources and support to business to enhance their capacity to employ and support a migrant workforce
  • Providing a welcoming, easy to navigate platform for migrant employees through our Jobs Hub.

The successful Migrant Work Ready program will be available again in 2024. For more information, please visit Council’s website.



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