Published Friday 24 January 2020
Within six months, Hema Shanthakumar celebrated both her graduation from one of Wesley Mission Queensland’s free Workplace English classes and secured employment. She is now putting her knowledge and new skills to good use.
Hema is one of the seventy people that have graduated from our Workplace English classes that are hosted around the Brisbane Region and since completing the course back in 2017, Hema now works as a Personal Carer at St Marks, one of Wesley Mission Queensland’s residential aged care communities.
The Workplace English classes first started as a pilot project in 2017, with one class in Chermside, four in West End, three in Logan. The project has since expanded, with three more classes opening in Logan.
The course is developed for people in the community that are looking to work in the Care sector and are studying or have completed a Certificate III Individual Support in Aged Care / Disability/ Community Services. It teaches people English skills, such as speaking, writing and reading and prepares people to be confident in their preparation for a job interview as well as the interview itself.
Hema says she’s improved her English so much since undertaking the English classes, that it has opened a pathway for her to find employment.
“I went to TAFE and studied a Certificate III in Individual Support. I finished my placement at Nazareth Care in Brisbane. After that I got an email from my TAFE coordinator about Wesley Mission Queensland’s Workplace English classes, which I then participated in at the end of 2017.”
“During the Workplace English classes, we studied topics around aged care, including duty of care and code of conduct. I learnt how to write a cover letter, prepare for a job interview and be confident in an interview,” says Hema.
Hema moved to Australia from Sri Lanka back in 2016. She said it was difficult to find employment due to the language barrier. Hema was a Teacher back in Sri Lanka and has always enjoyed teaching and caring for people.
The Workplace English classes provided Hema with opportunities to find employment and she now works as a Personal Carer at our St Marks residential aged community.
“I really enjoy spending time with the people here at St Marks. I look forward to being kind to the residents and lending a helping hand, not just clinical, but being there for them as a companion. We have a lot of fun together and it’s nice watching them be happy.”
The Workplace English classes don’t just equip people with English and employment skills, it also connects communities and fosters inclusiveness.
Wanting to work in the Care sector and improve your English skills? Our next Workplace English Classes Start in Logan from 13 February 2020, once a week for four hours for 16 weeks. Best of all, the classes are free!