Work Welcome

Access an untapped talent pool while creating employment opportunities

Our Work & Welcome program is a Multicultural Australia initiative that connects jobseekers of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds with Queensland schools, businesses, and government bodies to build a more inclusive and capable workforce.

From its origins at Padua College in Brisbane, the program now includes more than forty Work & Welcome Host Partner organisations from a wide range of sectors.

We identify program candidates and find placements based on their strengths, career goals and the needs of partner organisations. 

The refugee employment support program includes work preparation and assessment of candidates, shortlisting and screening of candidates and tailored cultural support to employers for the duration of the paid placement (minimum 12 weeks). In that period, candidates grow their knowledge and skills in the Australian context, build meaningful connections and gain the needed confidence to progress their career, building their sense of hope and belonging. 

Host partner benefits

  • Gain access to a motivated and talented pool of candidates with a wide range of experiences, knowledge, and skills
  • Collaborate with candidates who bring exceptional problem-solving skills and resilience
  • Access to individual post-placement support to ensure successful employment outcomes
  • Make a real difference in people’s lives, breaking down cultural barriers and broadening perspectives through direct cross-cultural experiences 
  • Create a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, and culturally connected
  • Create an opportunity for participants to obtain their first paid employment in Australia, while developing new skills, improving English and gaining self-confidence.
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