National recognition for local training program
A locally designed migrant training and employment program has been announced as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards in the Business Inclusion category.
The “Preparation for Employment Program” is a joint partnership between Hunter TAFE and Maria’s Farm Veggie (MFV).
The $75 million greenhouse vine ripened vegetable farm, in development at Fullerton Cove, approached Hunter TAFE and together they collaborated on training programs that met the specific criteria needed for the jobs available at MVF.
To date over 60 migrants and refugees have been through the program, providing them with skills and qualifications that will enable them to secure long-term employment at MFV. A further 50 will complete the training by December 2015.
The Australian Migration and Settlement Awards (AMSA) recognise the good work of organisations and individuals that assist new migrants and refugees to settle, to feel included and to participate in Australian society.