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Regional AMEP student enters the workforce

3 September 2021

For Vietnamese born, Linh, 2021 has been the year of opportunity in her new home of Creswick, Victoria. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) has provided her with the skills and confidence to secure a job within her local community.

In December of 2020 Linh relocated to the regional Victorian town of Creswick. Linh mentioned that “Lauren at Djerriwarrh helped me with the transition from Vietnam to Australia” and the paperwork involved with moving country.

Covid-19 has been a challenging time for many people, and people with limited English in regional areas can feel particularly isolated.

Linh decided that to improve her employability she needed to improve her English language skills. This led to her contacting Djerriwarrh and enrolling in our Ballarat AMEP class. AMEP is a free program funded by the Department of Home Affairs which provides English tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.

Linh’s English has improved so much that she has been able find part-time work at the local McDonalds store. Not only has she secured this role but is now studying to work in the aged care sector! Linh says “AMEP has definitely helped make studying easier. It has helped me understand the course and made it easier to do the assessments.”

When asked what Linh would say to those thinking of joining AMEP, she saId “I would recommend AMEP to other people. The different levels of English classes means that no matter your current level you will be able to improve. The teachers actively try to help and support the students with their own needs.”