Building Cultural Capability Network - Tapping into refugee and asylum seeker talent

19 Jun 2018


At this Building Cultural Capability Network event we heard about two very proactive programs providing employment pathways for asylum seekers and refugees.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence – Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers Program and CareerSeekers social enterprise work with leading organisations to create employment opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees who aspire to obtain professional employment.

We looked at the business and societal issues surrounding the underemployment of asylum seekers and refugees and ways to connect talented candidates to employers offering challenging work.

DCA CEO Lisa Annese moderated a guest panel to discuss some important issues including:

  • The benefits to business of employing refugees and asylum seekers (incl. the benefits of cultural diversity)
  • Tapping into this talent pool, as well as the benefits to the community and the economy more broadly
  • The work rights of refugees and asylum seekers and the important role employment can play in helping them be self-sufficient and contribute to society
  • Examples in the corporate setting where refugees and asylum seekers are being employed successfully
  • Supports that are available to employers and employees
  • Practical actions members can take to participate in such programs

Our guest panel included:

  1. Jo Tabit, Senior Manager, Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers Program, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  2. Michael Combs, CEO and Founder, CareerSeekers
  3. Hooman Mihanzadeh, Project Engineer at Lendlease

The rest of this content is restricted to DCA members.