‘No longer living in fear’

Grateful migrant starts new career after TAFE boost

ONCE in fear for her life just walking to a bakery to buy bread for her family in war torn Syria, Rania Shahoud now happily bakes for a living.
Migrating to Australia in 2018 with her family, the former civil engineer enrolled in TAFE NSW Bankstown’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to learn English.
Re-launching her career, she secured employment as a baker through the Bread and Butter Project, which is a social enterprise bakery reinvesting its profits into training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers since 2013, and now works at St John Espresso in Glebe.
She said completing a TAFE NSW Certificate II Spoken and Written English course also gave her the confidence to adapt to different jobs, and helped her personally as well as professionally.
“I have made many good friends and increased my social network,” she said.
“My family sometimes suffered in Syria without electricity, water and gas.
“It was even a struggle to get bread and groceries on a daily basis so to be welcomed into the Australian community with help from the staff at AMEP, has been a huge encouragement.”
TAFE NSW AMEP pathway guidance officer, Samira Ghabar, says the AMEP teaches vital skills that most people take for granted.
“Learning how to open a bank account, access healthcare, find work and further study, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as learning about Australian society and culture, are just some of the everyday skills students learn,” she said.
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