Mr Qu and his wife Ms Dai came to Australia in September 2013. Ms Dai was studying at an Adult Migrant English Program when she found out about Metro Assist’s bus tour. The tour was organised by our settlement worker in partnership with Canterbury Council, aiming to help newly arrived migrants in the area to get to know local services. The tour took Ms Dai to Metro Assist, Canterbury Council, Canterbury Aquatic and Fitness Centre and Canterbury City Community Centre. It was a fun day, and a helpful experience as Ms Dai learnt about the pool, parks, local government and other community services.
Ms Dai learnt about the pool, parks, local government and other community services.
When Ms Dai and her husband found out they were expecting their first baby, Ms Dai came in to the Metro Assist Office in Campsie to ask for information about Centrelink and affordable renting. We helped with the application forms for Centrelink payments, and advised Ms Dai about affordable housing schemes. Ms Dai’s husband was still looking for work as an IT professional. Through our services, Mr Qu met an experienced IT manager who became his mentor – helping him improve his resume and make a strategy for finding a job. Mr Qu found his first job within a few months.
Mr Qu found his first job within a few months.
Now the couple’s baby is 15 months old, and we keep in touch with the family, connecting them with playgroups and parenting programs around the Canterbury area. Ms Dai is now interested in returning to the workplace and hopes to get a job in aged care. We hope that SkillME will help her, too, find meaningful work.