Employment is integral in the settlement journey for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and for other vulnerable people in our community. It provides a valuable pathway to achieving independence.
We present employment information during orientation that all refugees participate in on arrival. New arrivals are also encouraged to find volunteer opportunities to help them gain local experience, practise English skills, and meet people in the community and expand their networks and contacts.
As a FIVE STAR* jobactive provider and through existing relationships and partnerships with employers and job-ready programs, social enterprises and workshops, SSI supports job seekers to acquire new skills and to find and maintain a job.
SSI also works closely with employers to source the right person to meet employers’ business needs. This includes screening resumes, developing interview skills, undertaking pre-employment suitability checks and providing post-employment support.
At any given time, SSI provides employment support for about 5,000 people of refugee background and those seeking asylum through our humanitarian services, as well as helping another 200 long-term unemployed people who participate in the Federal Government-funded jobactive service.
We support job seekers who have a diverse range of skills and qualifications, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, giving employers the opportunity to add diversity to their workplace.
As a member of CoAct**, SSI delivers the Australian Government’s jobactive** service to job seekers living within the Sydney East Metro region.
SSI works with employers to promote workforce participation and ensure they are receiving job seekers who meet their business needs, through candidate screening, wage subsidies and work preparation training and equipment.
Critical to SSI’s success in delivering jobactive is the range of social enterprises that have been developed to provide job seekers with hands-on work experience as well as the broader life skills that help job seekers to find and keep a job
The Staples Bag
The Staples Bag is a retail store from where pantry items are sold at discounted prices to help address the growing issue of people living below the poverty line. Products can be bought pre-packaged at set prices as food hampers or individually. The Staples Bag also operates pop up stores at retirement villages, social housing estates and University districts throughout Greater Sydney. Job seekers gain work experience and skills in warehousing, packing, marketing and retail.
Humble Creatives is a handmade scented candles enterprise, where each candle is mixed and hand-poured using 100% Australian soy wax, cotton-core wicks and fine fragrance oils. Calico draw string bags in which the candles are sold are also sewn and screen printed onsite by job seekers. Humble Creatives gives participants skills to work in a commercial production and retail environment.
The SSI Community Kitchen catering service gives job seekers work experience in a commercial kitchen environment where they can gain experience in skills such as knife handling, waste management, menu design, and workplace health and safety. The diversity of the menu reflects the diversity of the people we support, and catering can be provided for large or small functions, or ready-made meals.
ParentsNext is an Australian Government initiative to help parents prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age.
Together with Metro Assist, SSI delivers ParentsNext in the Bankstown local government area.
SSI Youth@Work is an innovative program that connects people aged 15-24 from migrant and refugee backgrounds with mentors to support them on their employment journey in Australia.
The program aims to enhance the career outcomes of participants who often find it difficult to secure long term employment in Australia because of language and cultural barriers.
For more information about SSI recruitment services, social enterprises or jobactive please contact:
Manager, Employment & Enterprise
ph: (02) 9784 2400
All these programs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment.
*SSI’s jobactive service was awarded an overall and individual Stream Five Star Rating in August 2016 from the Department of Employment. The Star Ratings assess the performance of jobactive employment providers against the key performance indicators of efficiency and effectiveness in placing job seekers into sustainable work.
A five Star Rating means that SSI is performing 30%, or more, better than the national average of jobactive providers - a real confidence boost for the job seekers and employers that SSI is working with.
**SSI is a member of CoAct: a national network of locally embedded community service providers working together to create social and economic opportunities for Australia’s disadvantaged.