Building Australian Skills for Employment (BASE) Traineeship Program places trainees with professional qualifications in community organisations to gain experience working in Australia. This will assist them to develop networks and connections and improve opportunities for permanent employment. BASE participant Arnaud Kaze has kindly shared some of his experiences with us.
‘’By nationality I am Burundian. I left my country at the end of 2014 to Uganda where I was a refugee for about four and half years and finally came here to Australia at the end of January 2019 as a Humanitarian Refugee. In the refugee camp I worked as an interpreter and community services support worker with a UN agency. Back In my country I was in university doing a Bachelor of Political Sciences and International Relations.
‘’I am doing my placement with CheckUp Australia where my role is to assist with promoting Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) to CALD communities across Queensland. I further had the opportunity to consult and assist community members among an array of other tasks.
‘‘Being a part of the BASE program and doing my placement has been absolutely fantastic, being new in Australia less than 6 months but I now have over 3 months work experience. Getting an opportunity to work with good organisations, meeting with new people, dealing with different communities. I am learning a lot and also contributing something to society. It is a miracle for me and I feel blessed.
‘’I have learnt a new working system which is totally different to where I came from and been able to work with different personalities from different backgrounds around the world.
‘’I have made valuable connections and insights into the work place. These connections and experiences will help me fulfil my dreams. In the future I wish to do further studies in order to do international humanitarian work.’’