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SLPET student reels in new job at Werribee fish farm

8 December 2021

Former AMEP student Mercedes decided in 2021 to enrol in the Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) program to improve her job readiness. After leaving a positive impression at her work placement she has secured a casual position at a Barramundi Farm in Werribee!

Mercedes joined Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at WCEC in April 2020 with the intention of improving her English language skills. By April 2021 with a better understanding of the English language she decided to enrol in the 10 week SLPET program. It was in SLPET while learning about interview techniques, writing cover letters, customizing resumes and organizing documents that would be required in certain workplaces, she also started searching for jobs.

As part of the course students are required to undertake work placement. As Mercedes had experience working with livestock and animals in her previous country, she decided with the help of her teachers to undertake placement at Mainstream Aquaculture in Werribee. They were able to provide a high quality experience during the work placement. At the completion of the placement though they realised that Mercedes would be an asset to the workplace moving forward. This lead to Mercedes being offered a casual position post placement!

When looking back at her time with the SLPET course Mercedes said “The program helped me to broaden my horizons in the labour market, and gave me the opportunity to make ongoing friendships.”