The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd | ABN: 17 147 783 186PO Box 30, ST CLAIR NSW 2759P: 0418 331 213 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W:www.auscma.com
The Australian Coptic Movement Association Ltd is a registered not-for-profit organisation with full tax concessions
In reputable universities and colleges overseas, we have overcome the tribulations faced in theemployment sphere to build ourselves, our community and this nation we have adopted as our home.As mentioned above, the three core limitations in entering the workforce which individuals whom ourorganisation assists are:
Intermediate English Skills.2.
Difficulty in attaining work experience.3.
Failure to recognise the qualifications possessed by individuals despite attaining credentials of ahigher magnitude than that advertised.
Our organisation wishes that the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations torecognise these barriers and work with community groups such as ours in being able to develop andtrain individuals to be able to effectively place them in the employment market, so they too, in thewords of the Honorable Kate Ellis MP,
‘contribute to the economy, pay taxes which boost services and experience the dignity and stability that a paying job provides’
Many of the individuals we have spoken to whom have recently arrived to Australia escaping thepersecution and suffering of their native homeland are motivated to meet whatever is required tocontinue working in their respective field in their newly adopted country for which they are proud tocontribute to. The issue faced however are the resources and lack of support in meeting the above threementioned limitations. For example, a recent case we handled involved a young woman who acquired aBachelor of Commerce at Cairo University with a major in Accounting, a field which she sought topursue. Her English skills were poor and she had no local experience. We assisted her by registering theyoung woman to English as a second language class, for which we incurred the costs on her behalf. Wealso worked tirelessly to find her a local Accountant who was willing to provide practical experience toher so that she may be prepared to enter the workforce with a proper foundation of knowledge andskillsets and be competitive in seeking employment. Unfortunately, no firm or accounting practitionerpossessed the resources to be able to assist and this is understandable. For this young woman to be ableto comfortably attain the practical experience required in this skilled field, she will require a mentor whocan at first closely supervise her until she develops a proper foundation to work unsupervised. The time,resources and ultimate sacrifice by a mentor in the Accounting field will prevent them from properlycontinuing their business efficiently. We initially sought a community member who fits these criteria sothat this young woman can feel some minimum level of comfort to attain the basic skillsets at firstbefore she integrates into a new environment. We cannot however, request someone to sacrifice theirown duties and responsibilities to their business, clients and employees, for the sake of one individual.
It’s in our
view that if an initiative funded by government and administered by organisations such asours, would provide funding to trainers for their own consumption in resources, then the barrier of lackof experience would be efficiently overcome.This is only one example, but a familiar sounding one, of the challenges faced by niche communitygroups such as the Copts in being able to undergo employment in Australia.