Oday Rashed moved with his wife and 4 children to Wagga Wagga 3 years ago. Escaping from a genocidal war in Northern Iraq they have made the Riverina city their new home.
This is his story.
Initially undertaking an Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at his local TAFE NSW, Oday now has a rewarding job and a swag of qualifications under his belt, testament to the power of education to transform lives.
After completing the Certificate I and II in Written and Spoken English as part of the Program, he then had the knowledge and confidence to enrol in a short course in welding, which gained him a Statement of Attainment in Introductory Engineering.
Weeks after completing it, he landed a job as an apprentice welder at Wagga company Flip Screen, which manufactures innovative screening “buckets” for a range of industries, including agriculture. The screening attachments, which can be fitted to excavators, skid steers and other machines, rotate and flip contents over to be reprocessed, quickly separating large items from small.
Hoping to build on his new career, Oday is now enrolled in a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade and is using it as a springboard to becoming a qualified metal fabricator.
I’m so happy now – I have qualifications and I have a job with a good company that makes important things for Australia and the world.
When he first came to Australia he could only speak a few words of English and so went to TAFE NSW to get the help he needed.
I really wanted to work to support my family in our new town but I knew I needed a qualification. The teachers helped so much and taught us not just about the language but also more about the Australian culture.
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australian society.
You can find out more here about the Program.