Sydney MCS’ 4th Annual Multicultural Youth Employment Program on 12-15th April was attended by 8 young people from Bangladeshi, Indian, Assyrian and Indonesian background. The participants and their parents are clients of Settlement Program at Sydney MCS. The Program was facilitated by Rigzin Yuthok (SETS case worker/youth worker) with the help of Fiona, a volunteer and others.
Topics covered and activities in the program included:
• Employability skills: communication skills, team work, problem solving skills, initiative and
enterprise, planning and organizing, self- management;
• Creating tax file number, importance of good resume, cover letter and referees, where to
look for job, what employees are looking for in a young person;
• Minimum wage for part time, casual, permanent jobs and discussion on contract jobs,
• Strengths, weaknesses, overcoming fear and nervousness before and during interview,
• Presentation by young participants to the group, interaction with Rosa Loria CEO of Sydney MCS and Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite, Federal MP for Kingsford Smith NSW
Guest speakers included:
1. Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite, Federal MP for Kingsford Smith NSW
2. Rosa Loria, CEO of Sydney MCS
3. Fiona Duane, Solicitor and Clinical Supervisor, Kingsford Legal Centre
4. Rita Matti, a psychology student at university and an ex-participant of Sydney MCS
Leadership and Youth Employment Program,
5. Yiyun Jacobson, a profession art teacher and Sydney MCS SETS case work client.
Participant Nisha said, “this program has a good service, clear explanation and easy to understand. This will help me in the future career, I like the food too”.
Another participant Raneen said “In this program I learnt about different employment skills, types of employment and their pay and ways to deal with stress before job interview”.