Mother and daughter improve employment prospects

4 April 2017: The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) through its Bright Future Project is delivering training to assist disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Queenslanders to improve their skill levels and employment prospects.

The project is designed to overcome the many challenges faced by people from CALD backgrounds in obtaining meaningful employment.

Ms Caroline Gower and daughter, Suzziemina Gower are among many students from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are hoping to improve their employment prospects by obtaining a Certificate III in Business Administration.

“We are originally from the Solomon Islands,” said Ms Gower.

“Life in the Solomon Islands is very different, most people work in manual labour and very few work in an office environment.

“It has been challenging for me because I do not have a background in business administration but I am learning quickly and gaining new skills every week.”

Ms Gower said she is grateful for the opportunity to undertake this training with her daughter.

“I feel so lucky that I get to do this course with my daughter. We push each other and support one another. Sometimes I have to ask my daughter for help as a classmate and as a friend.

“Education is a gift and I never would have imagined it would be a gift for me,” said Ms Gower.

Ms Suzziemina Gower said that she also values to opportunity to learn new skills and to study with her mother.

“I have really enjoyed learning from a range of different people who have more experience than me, as I am the youngest in the group.

“We don’t have access to a computer at home so it’s great to be able to come to training and use the computers here and learn new skills,” said Ms S. Gower.

“I find it very impressive seeing my mum do the course with me because I have never seen her study before this.

“Back home most women aren’t able to go out and get an education so it’s pretty amazing that she is studying alongside me,” said Ms S. Gower.

Both students hope to complete the training and break into the competitive job market to find meaningful employment.

“At times it has been so challenging and there are moments where I don’t know if I can continue but the support I get from our trainer and from my daughter helps me to persist,” said Ms Gower.

“I hope to get a job which combines my past experience in tourism and hospitality with my Certificate III in Business Administration.”

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

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Eadie Hancock
Communications & Policy Officer
Phone: 07 3844 9166

ECCQ Ltd has been established for over 40 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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