Thankyou to BOC Gases and Coil Steels who have helped to support the ARA job seekers. In Conjunction with ARA training, Smart Fabrication is helping to provide training and the prospect of employment to Sudanese refugees. A.R.A Training is a division of ARA Jobs, which operates as a member of the Federal Government’s Job Network.
“Each year ARA employs members of small and emerging refugee community groups as Trainees. The 6 month trainee program will combine cultural awareness, direct service provision, education and partnerships between services and communities. While ‘on the job’ the trainees will develop valuable skills in casework and advocacy for clients including supervision, mentoring and training. The program will help people to become ambassadors for their newly emerging communities and will develop effective networks and connections. The traineeships provide valuable work experience with volunteers and trainees being linked with an agency outside of ARA to complete a short-term work placement. The ARA Bi-Cultural Traineeship Program is funded through the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs’ Settlement Grant Program.” (Source: http://www.ausref.net/index)
“The outstanding team at Smart Fabrication led by Mr Simon Kennedy, have truly shown the way on how best to deal with our most ‘disadvantaged’ new arrivals. Partnering with ARA jobs and the Australian Refugee Association, we have been able to achieve some amazing results.
I first met Mr. Simon Kennedy, Managing Director of Smart Fabrication Pty Ltd, almost 2 years ago and set him the challenge of addressing the issues that had been raised by the Media concerning refugees, especially the Sudanese people.
From the outset Mr Kennedy, showing his true character, took the challenge head on, and I believe has now set the standard on how employers, and we as a working community, can best deal with refugees and the many barriers they face once they have arrived in Australia.
We aimed to solve several problems: Australian Workplace Culture, Work Ethic, Skills Shortage and Integration into Australian Society. We called the project “Smart Fab’s Industry Incubator Training Program “.
Mr. Kennedy, using his own funds and linking his contacts, (special thanks go to BOC gases who helped with the supply of materials & Port Adelaide TAFE with help on creating the training modules and assessment), set aside some valuable floor space to create a fully equipped training centre complying with current OH&S standards. Within weeks the training commenced.
Suffice to say, with so much support and determination, the program has become very successful. All who participated have graduated with a Certificate of Completion, Greencard Ticket, Welding Industry Recognised Certificate for the modules completed and best of all, almost all of the participants have gained employment within the Metal Fabrication and associated industries.
Two of the trainess, whom we had judged to be the most difficult in placing into employment, have actually turned out to be our most outstanding participants to date, Wawu Maley and Shanan Ashgar Ahmed.
So from the Australian Refugee Association, ARAjobs and Australia ‘s new arrivals, a most gratuitous and heartfelt THANKYOU to the Team at Smart Fab and most especially to Mr. Simon Kennedy.