TAFE offers course to help skilled migrants improve English
A FREE English course will be held at Kingscliff TAFE on July 16 for Tweed migrants who have arrived in the region with great skills and qualifications but have not been able to find a job.
Guizhen Wang of Pottsville, originally from China, had been working as a registered nurse for more than 15 years and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Medicine when she moved to Australia.
"Even with my experience in the health industry it has been difficult for me to find a job," Mrs Guizhen said.
"I am taking the steps to gain my Australian qualification in nursing at TAFE and am hopeful through the English for Employment course I will find the confidence I have lost over the past few years."
English teacher Kristie Hedley said employers were often nervous or sceptical about migrant applications.
"We give our students the skills to help employers see them for who they are and the skills they have, rather than focusing on their nationality or a slight accent they may carry," she said.
In previous years, the results have been immediate. One student had been applying for jobs for 10 years without ever receiving an interview. But after working together on her resume, cover letter and telephone skills, she received an interview for her dream job the day after applying.
Mrs Guizhen hopes she will reach her goal to become a nurse again after the course.