Kathleen Fenby, AMEP Case Manager, TAFE Queensland South West (QLD)
Ren and Kathleen will provide insight into some of the key issues temporary visa holders currently face in accessing vocational training and education pathways, including apprenticeships and traineeships.
The teleconference will also include:
updates on access to University scholarships and TAFE/VET schemes
an exploration of advocacy taking place in refugee education
sharing of any developments or emerging issues from those working in this area
Young people seeking asylum, and those on TPVs or SHEVs, face a range of barriers to accessing and remaining engaged in education and training pathways. While engagement in education has a significant impact on a young person's mental and physical health and their sense of purpose and participation in the community, their options are limited once they turn 18. Addressing this often relies on individual advocacy and creative solutions.
This teleconference provides an opportunity for:
Networking between workers and agencies supporting young asylum seekers and young refugees on TPVs or SHEVs across Australia
Sharing and promoting initiatives that support young people to continue engaging in education/training opportunities beyond the age of 18
Identifying any future advocacy priorities or opportunities.
If you'd like to be part of a broader national conversation around refugee education, sign up to the Refugee Education Special Interest Group (SIG) mailing list today at www.refugeecouncil.org.au/educationsig