EOIs open for delivery of Western Sydney and Illawarra Refugee Employment Support Program

30 November 2016

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Training Services NSW is calling for Expressions of Interest from non-government organisations for the delivery of an outcomes-focused Refugee Employment Support Program to assist refugees and asylum seekers in Western Sydney and the Illawarra find sustainable and meaningful employment.

The NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development, through Training Services NSW, is calling for Expressions of Interest from non-government organisations for the delivery of an outcomes-focused Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP). The program will assist refugees and asylum seekers in Western Sydney and the Illawarra identify appropriate opportunities for further education and training in order to find sustainable and meaningful employment.

The RESP, a $22 million commitment over four years by the NSW Government, is designed to overcome the long-term unemployment and underemployment faced by refugees and asylum seekers, which limits their capacity to contribute productively to the NSW economy and their communities.

Through the RESP, organisations in Western Sydney and the Illawarra - the areas with a majority of the refugees who settle in NSW - will help these individuals develop career plans, and link them to employers, education and training.

These measures will have an economic benefit to the State by helping meet skills shortages in NSW and will assist with the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into Australian society.

Details of the EOI can be found on the NSW eTendering portal.

The Department will be holding briefing sessions on the EOI in Western Sydney on 6 December 2016, and in Illawarra on 7 December 2016.