ECCQ’s Bright Future Project prepares students for meaningful employment

2 June 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) held a graduation ceremony on 31 May 2017 for participants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who have successfully completed certificate III qualifications in individual support (ageing specialisation) and business administration.

In partnership with Brisbane TAFE, ECCQ’s Bright Future Project delivers the course in a community setting and provides culturally appropriate and individually tailored support before, during and after course completion. The project also organises work placements and assists with securing employment.

Out of 30 students, 28 students have successfully completed the course and 13 students have already been employed and four students have embarked on a pathway to higher education.

The ceremony was an opportunity to reflect on the commitment and resilience of the participants who will continue to contribute to Australia through their newly acquired skills.

During the ceremony, two of the graduates shared their stories and spoke about how the training project positively impacted their lives and how this pathway to meaningful employment has provided them with feelings of acceptance and empowerment.

Elizabeth Johnson arrived in Australia in 2005; she spent years in a refugee camp in Guinea after fleeing civil war in Liberia. Her career goal is to become a paediatric nurse and after completing the Certificate III in Individual Support in April, she was accepted in the nursing program at Brisbane TAFE.

“Growing up I always enjoyed helping others. This has led me to pursue a career in [health]. I really hope that more students, like me, can continue to benefit from this valuable opportunity so that we can give back and make a difference in other peoples’ lives.”

Kelera Tema and her family arrived in Australia in 2003 from the Solomon Islands. She worked as disability support worker and a child safety support worker in Gladstone before moving to Brisbane where she decided to make a career change. After completing the Certificate III in Business Administration she completed a work placement at Diversicare, ECCQ’s Community Care Unit.

“I would like to thank my fellow classmates for not giving up and for sticking it out to the end. To ECCQ, I hope this project continues, as it has been beneficial to a lot of multicultural communities here in Brisbane.”

ECCQ is currently recruiting participants for the next cohort starting on 10 July 2017. The project will offer certificate III level qualifications in individual support, providing specialisation in disability. For more info please contact Abdul Sohrabi by emailing or by ringing 07 3844 9166.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.

Carrie Barnett
Communications & Media Manager
Phone: 07 3844 9166


ECCQ Ltd has been established for 41 years as the peak body in Queensland for ethnic communities and multiculturalism. ECCQ, and its wholly-owned divisions, encourage and support multiculturalism through community engagement, education and training, health promotion and culturally appropriate aged care service provision.


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