A guide launched today will help new migrants better understand Australian workforce culture.
Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the release of ‘Employability skills and workplace culture in Australia - A guide for new migrants to Western Australia planning to enter the workforce’ was timed to coincide with World Refugee Day on Friday, June 20.
“Employment offers more than just an income for migrants,” Ms Ravlich said.
“Our jobs affect our relationships with our families and friends, our self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.
“This guide is the first of its kind in Australia and gives tips on how to get that ‘cultural or organisational fit’ that can be elusive for migrants.
“It is a valuable resource to help boost their employment prospects, while helping them feel comfortable and accepted in the workplace.”
The guide includes information on key skills essential to performing well in Australian workplaces, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology.
It is designed to help:
· migrants who are ready to enter the Western Australian workforce;
· employers of new migrants;
· organisations providing career development services to migrants and refugees; and
· people who provide English and access courses to migrants and refugees.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the booming economy was attracting many migrant workers to the State.
“More and more WA businesses are employing new migrants, and we expect this guide will also help employers identify which customs and behaviours might seem strange or even confronting to migrant employees,” Mr McGowan said.
“It is an excellent resource that has already received very positive feedback from migrant and refugee groups.”
The guide was funded by the Australian Government and was developed by the Department of Education and Training in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, migrant and refugee groups and other community organisations.
It is anticipated that the guide will be translated to languages other than English after an initial feedback period.
For more information, visit http://www.vetinfonet.det.wa.edu.au/home
Office of the Minister for Multicultural Interests and Citizenship - 9213 6800
Office of the Minister for Education and Training - 9222 9111