Hiring migrant women can be extremely beneficial for local employers.

Integreat Queensland’s Get Work Ready program aims to provide valuable and practical skills and experiences to migrant women looking for employment in central Queensland. This includes all aspects of the employment ‘cycle’ by focusing on delivering programs for migrant women from writing resumes and interview techniques, to building the confidence of each participant by empowering them to thrive during their career and life transition.

To achieve those goals, Integreat Queensland enlist the services of Nikki and Richard Taylor, certified career coaches from LME Coaching, who guide the migrant women from assessing where they are and most importantly, allowing them to see the possibilities of where they want to go.

“We work with individuals, couples, and organizations to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities of change in these challenging times. We provide coaching to support those seeking greater satisfaction and clarity in their work and personal lives.,” Nikki said.

“As a career and life transition coach, we both work in partnership with clients providing a structured approach and specialist knowledge of careers and life to help individuals envisage and create a new future.”

Nikki said both herself and Richard have found the workshops with the migrant women for Integreat Queensland’s Get Work Ready program to be engaging with many of the women already having international qualifications and incredible careers overseas.

“Working with the women has allowed us to explore their transferable skills and the value they can offer employers regionally. They are super motivated and truly have excellent skills.

“It has been very inspiring for both of us as we get so much from the participants with the energy they bring to the workshops, plus their genuine belief in themselves and what they have to offer”

Nikki believes local employers in central Queensland need to take advantage of what the women have to offer and look at their transferable skills rather than just looking at what they do not have to offer.

“Attitudes are unable to be taught yet these ladies have this in spades,” she said.

“The women are so keen to contribute to the community and have some highly exceptional skills to offer and we need local employers to get behind them and give them a chance to shine.”

Photo: Nikki Taylor (centre) with the Get Work ready program participants.

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