Date: 20 Aug 2019
In a joint effort by the Migrant Workers Centre and the Box Hill Institute to strengthen the local migrant community, MWC organiser Lavanya and Hanna delivered a "Know Your Rights at Work" session to dozens of engaging Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) students in Lilydale on 20 Aug 2019.
Assisted by interpreters and AMEP tutors at the Lilydale Skills and Job Centre, some 60 students put newly acquired English language skills to use and proactively engaged in the session and fervently discuss with peers and the speakers about Australian workplace laws, workers’ entitlements and where to seek help when problems arise.
The students, who mostly are from Myanmar, China, South Korea and middle-eastern countries, particularly welcomed Lavanya and Hanna’s presentation which covered complicated concepts and facts but was delivered in simple and easily digestible manners.
Many students were so enthusiastic about them being able to participate the initiative that they stayed after the session for Q&As and looked forward for future in-depth sessions and workshops.
“It is great to see migrants are overcoming language barriers and learning about workplace rights at the same time,” noted a volunteering interpreter.
MWC are grateful for the assistance and facilitation provided by staff at the Skills and Job Centre, and are excited to know that AMEP lessons in the coming weeks would focus on workplace rights and related topics.
MWC would love to explore future collaborating opportunities with the Box Hill Institute and other community organisations, and very much look forward to serving the local community more extensively and regularly going forward.
Source: Migrant Workers Centre