A career pathway program for refugees in Business Administration Medical at TAFE NSW Liverpool has helped Fairfield local start a new life in Australia after fleeing war-torn Iraq.
Najat Lazer, a former primary school teacher, and her family spent three years living in a Jordan refugee camp before migrating to Australia in November 2019.
In 2020, to help improve her English skills, Ms Lazer completed units in Business Administration Medical as part of a Career Pathways Program for Refugees, a joint initiative between TAFE NSW, South West Sydney Local Health District and Core Community Services.
After completing the program, Ms Lazer says the supportive teachers helped give her the confidence to enrol in Certificate III in Business Administration Medical in 2021.
"It was very challenging, but I liked the course, and the teachers were amazing," said Ms Lazer.
"At times, I thought this is too hard, and I can't do this, but the teachers kept supporting me."
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Business Administration Leah Simpson says the career pathway program for refugees is an excellent way to explore the courses and support services offered at TAFE NSW.
"When we met Najat, she had never used a computer, and she lacked confidence in her ability to learn something new," said Ms Simpson.
"Her journey is a great example of how TAFE NSW programs empower people to overcome barriers to their learning and work towards achieving their career goals."
Ms Simpson says the Medical Administration Training Centre at TAFE NSW Liverpool provides students with valuable hands-on learning experiences.
"Equipped with a simulated doctor's surgery, students engage in interactive activities to develop the practical skills they need for the workplace," said Ms Simpson.
"This is particularly empowering for our culturally and linguistically diverse students, providing the opportunity to improve their English and build confidence in their ability to enter the workforce."
Ms Lazer says the simulated environment has helped her to practice her learning.
"My English is improving, and studying gives me the energy to keep discovering what I didn't know I could do," said Ms. Lazer.
"When I finish at the end of the year, I want to find work in the industry; I want to be a useful person in this society and live a normal life."
To enquire about Business Administration Medical courses at TAFE NSW courses, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
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