Jobs for African Migrants program


(formerly African Migrants Employment Program)

Local projects / Jobs for African Migrants program

Started in 2017, this ongoing program uses a mentor based & individually tailored approach to assist unemployed or underemployed African migrants, primarily women, to overcome the many barriers to employment. This successful program helps participants to seek, gain & retain employment. In short it’s about helping African migrants to get permanent long-term jobs. The program also works with, partners and supports employer organisations in employing Australian participants. An SMH article described the effect this program has had on some of the participants

Our participants: 

are migrants from Africa, currently mainly women from South Sudan. Many have had to flee war and destruction in their own country. All are permanent residents, most are Australian citizens. They are very keen to find work but have trouble with the very high barriers for those who may lack literacy in the English language or computer skills/ access or access to the relevant networks

Our mentors:

are paired up with a participant and provide one on one support tailored to their mentees needs, often including resume, cover letter and interview preparation, job application, follow up, help with onboarding and after employment support. Our mentors vary in age and background, often are fellow migrants, have good communication and computer skills and have a number of years of work place experience.

Employer benefits using HARDA’s program:

  • Access to a pool of motivated workers, who are really keen to work & are flexible & happy to do multiple tasks.
  • We match suitable employees to employers job needs & locations for both full & part time work; Our objective is to know & understand employers listed with us, helping them get the best match for their job opportunity.
  • Our service is completely free of charge.
  • Much of the time we can source employees able to start within a few days.
  • The program can help employee with all employment paperwork (including compiling documents such as Police & Working with Kids checks, Australian residency documents, etc) ensuring that everything is complete & correct, thus streamlining the process for the employer.
  • After employment support to both the employee & employer, helping solve any issues that may arise increasing retention for employer (& employee).
  • Increased diversity in the employers workplace with all the benefits that can bring.
  •  employing a migrant from disadvantage & difficult circumstances can help an organisation fulfil corporate social responsibility obligations and help internal morale.

HARDA can provide a venue to interview or present opportunities to potential employees, particularly useful if the organisation is in need of multiple employees  in a short space of time

If you or someone you know is keen to be involved in the program as either a participant, mentor, volunteer or employer please call Fiona Carr on 0434 187 753.

This Program is currently funded by the Scanlon Foundation and Community Underwriting and has been supported in the past by the Dept of Home Affairs through their Fostering Integration Program, the Scanlon Foundation and some individual donations.

Youth Support Hub (June 2, 2024) - To support the Jobs for African Youth Program, which seeks to address the issue of youth disengagement and unemployment, HARDA are starting a Youth Support Hub. As attendees of the JAYP program often recommend the program to friends and family, there is a real need for equipping young people with the tools, resources, and skills needed to identify a career path that matches their strengths and interests, while also finding suitable employment and training opportunities The Youth Support Hub will meet once a month, and will assist with obtaining documentation and identification, filling out forms, and providing referrals. Overall, the… Read more
Jobs for African Youth Program (June 2, 2024) - The Jobs for African Youth Program seeks to address the issue of youth disengagement and unemployment by equipping young people with the tools, resources, and skills needed to identify a career path that matches their strengths and interests while also finding suitable employment and training opportunities. While the initial goal of the program was to get young people into employment, it became clear that there were many complexities involved including substance abuse, mental health issues, family breakdown, unstable housing, and incarceration or other involvement with the criminal justice system. To address these interconnected issues we have been referring to other… Read more
2015 Job Search Program (August 28, 2015) - HARDA in partnership with Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre and trainer HARDA Job Search Post Training Activity Mohammed Sabsabi (DDM3 Consulting), have just completed the first phase of a pilot Job Training Program: 10 training sessions to assist people from a Horn of African background 20yrs and over to obtain the knowledge and skills to assist them to seek and gain employment. The training was tailored to the individual knowledge, skills and experience and career aspirations of each of the 11 job seeking participants. The training program was designed to help participants to: Use their existing knowledge, skills and experience to… Read more