Work experience program targets English students

North Metropolitan TAFE

A work experience pilot program for students learning foundation English skills has been hailed as a resounding success. 

Two North Metropolitan TAFE (NM TAFE) students completing a foundation pathways program, Nithya Sivaswamy from India and Farzaneh Mohseni from Iran, undertook a two-week work experience placement at the Public Sector Commission.

As part of their studies towards a Certificate III in English as an Additional Language (Employment), the pair were eager participants in the pilot MyPath Work Placement program that introduces students to workplace demands and responsibilities.

Both had excelled during a rigorous application process, which included written selection criteria and an interview, before being selected for the Commission’s placements.

Nithya, who studied computer science and engineering before coming to Australia, spent her time within the finance area. Her tasks included entering data for fleet vehicles and gaining exposure to finance practices and procedures.

Farzaneh had studied chemical engineering in Iran and previously worked as a quality control and assurance officer. Her placement at the Commission was with the evaluation and events team, where she helped coordinate seminars.

Sue Thompson, NM TAFE Director of Foundation Pathways, said she was delighted with the outcome of the pilot program and that its success would ensure it was continued.

‘The students got to apply some of their skills to a real-world environment, discussed business operations with managers and, more importantly, experienced the culture of the workplace,’ Ms Thompson.

Farzaneh and Nithya are keeping an open mind about their next career step, exploring ways they can hone and apply their knowledge and skills.
Farzaneh is currently volunteering at a local primary school and Nithya is working as a nursing assistant in an aged-care facility.

‘Before the work experience placement I was concerned my English wasn’t good enough to work in a government department but now I feel confident enough to apply for a government job,’ Farzaneh said.