Providing skilled humanitarian entrants with a head start in Australia

Nov 30, 2016

Press Release

Sydney – As part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to helping underserved communities gain access to quality jobs, the firm is supporting Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and CareerSeekers to assist skilled humanitarian entrants secure meaningful employment in Australia.

The CareerSeekers Skilled Humanitarian Entrant Workforce Transition Program is a new initiative working with migrant settlement service agencies to provide targeted job placement for a cohort of experienced, tertiary-qualified humanitarian entrants, who are permanent Australian residents with full working rights.

Rob Priestley, Chief Executive Officer, J.P. Morgan Australia and New Zealand, said, “Often when humanitarian entrants have settled in a new country such as Australia, it can be difficult to find quality employment reflecting the skills and qualifications they achieved in their home countries.”

Up to 80% of the participants that enter the program are working in unskilled jobs with little prospect of establishing a pathway into their qualified profession, given their lack of local references and local professional work experience.

“Through this program, which matches skilled labour with private sector employment opportunities, J.P. Morgan is committed to improving the lives of those in our community that have started to adapt to a new way of life, and who have the right to work but need guidance on developing their careers in Australia,” he said.

SVA is a social purpose organisation that works with various partners to improve the lives of people in need. Partnering with CareerSeekers, SVA will help to scale and refine CareerSeekers’ corporate-led pre-employment training program, eventually helping candidates garner industry recognition for their skills and experiences.

Rob Koczkar, Chief Executive Officer, SVA, commented, “We are excited to be supporting CareerSeekers following our longer term relationship with the successful CareerTrackers program. SVA will share its deep knowledge in relation to developing and operating tested employment programs that improve outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers.”

The program is designed to bridge the gap for participants, meeting employers’ demands and requirements through corporate-led trainings preparing participants for long-term employment in Australia. J.P. Morgan’s support will provide pre-employment training for 102 participants who will complete a 12 week paid internship with the aim of converting into a full-time job aligned with their professional background.

Michael Combs, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CareerSeekers, said, “Humanitarian entrants can be vulnerable when it comes to labour market integration. Securing meaningful employment is an important part to help them settle into their new lives.

“By providing these highly skilled migrants with an internship it affords them an opportunity to adjust to the Australian workplace and for the employer to assess the intern’s ability with the objective of ultimately finding a quality, suitable role.”

CareerSeekers is the sister organisation to CareerTrackers, the Indigenous Internship Program J.P. Morgan has supported since 2014, leveraging a similar model of internships as a pathway to permanent employment.

About CareerSeekers

CareerSeekers is non-profit social enterprise that works with leading organisations to create professional employment opportunities for humanitarian entrants. Its programs support mid-career professionals with tertiary qualifications and professional work experience who strive to re-establish their careers in Australia. These participants undertake paid internships lasting twelve weeks that provide local experience, a local reference and help them establish a network within their chosen profession. CareerSeekers also has a program for full-time university students to undertake paid internship opportunities during university breaks to link their studies with practical work experience. The CareerSeekers university program aligns to existing corporate internship programs.

About Social Ventures Australia (SVA)

SVA is a social purpose organisation that works with partners to improve the lives of people in need. The range of services SVA provide are designed to scale social impact projects, helping business, government and philanthropists to be more effective funders and for social purpose organisations to be more effective at delivering services. To drive the change, SVA builds on its practical knowledge of effective practice in education, employment, housing and with First Australians.


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