The Federal Coalition Government remains committed to ensuring that humanitarian migrants are able to secure employment once they settle in Australia.

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie, today met with doctors and other professionals from Syria and Iraq at the offices of AMES Australia in Melbourne to hear first-hand how the Government’s investment in this sector is helping them find meaningful work.

These migrants are taking part in the federally funded $5.2 million Career Pathways Pilot (CPP) program, which helps professional refugees with vocational level English language proficiency have their qualifications assessed and recognised, and provides a pathway to professional registration.

Minister Gil lespie said the visit provided an opportunity to speak directly with humanitarian migrants who were eager to put their professional skills to use in the workforce.

“There is a significant economic benefit for Australia if we can harness the professional skills of our migrant intake. Ensuring they have the ability to have their qualifications recognised will not only improve their chances of getting a job, but also enhance their emotional wellbeing, financial security and their ability to integrate successfully into our community,” Minister Gillespie said.

“Many people who settle in Australia under our humanitarian program are highly motivated jobseekers, yet face barriers such as having their existing skills or qualifications recognised. That’s what our initiatives such as the CPP aim to address.”

During his visit, Minister Gillespie also met with jobactive staff at AMES who specialise in placing refugees into work, and observed a Skills for Education and Employment class, which helps longer-term unemployed people gain language proficiency.

Minister Gillespie said all of these programs aligned with the Government’s focus on the three E’s for integrating refugees – Employment, English and Education.