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SEE student Alia finds work in childcare.  

28 August 2023

Alia had completed training to find work in childcare but wasn’t able to get a job. The SEE program helped her make it through the interview stage to a job at a local childcare centre. 

Alia is originally from Sudan and has been living in Australia with her family for several years. Looking for work was hard for her because of language barriers and a lack of confidence. She had trouble understanding others and performing well in interviews.  

Matchworks referred her to Learning for Employment’s SEE class in Laverton for extra support with her English and employment readiness. In SEE she focussed on English conversation as well as improving her spelling and pronunciation. She also gained digital skills including learning how to read and send emails and create documents in Word. 

The SEE class included projects such as a sports program with the Western Bulldogs, a digital literacy program for students, and several excursions to places such as Lifesaving Victoria, Hobsons Bay Council, and even the MCG. These offsite experiences enriched Alia’s classroom education and allowed her to apply what she had been learning in the real world.  

Alia had already completed her childcare course before joining the SEE program so once she had improved her confidence, English language and digital skills she was ready for work. She succeeded in her first job application and is now working at Peach and Plum Early Learning Centre in Altona Meadows.