Broadspectrum supports humanitarian entrants gain meaningful employmentBroadspectrum has entered a three-year partnership with CareerSeekers, paving the way for 30 refugees and asylum seekers to undertake paid internship opportunities within the business.
CareerSeekers is a non-profit social enterprise that focuses on creating opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees who aspire to obtain professional employment.
Through the CareerSeekers program, Broadspectrum will offer paid internships to 30 mid-career professionals who have tertiary qualifications and work experience from their country of origin, and who wish to establish their professional careers in Australia.
CareerSeekers participants will undertake a 12-week internship with Broadspectrum that will provide local experience and help them establish a network within their chosen profession.
Broadspectrum’s Executive General Manager of Roads, Kamini Choudhry, is sponsoring the program. “By creating opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to use their professional experience in Australia, we are honouring their qualifications and enabling them to develop themselves and find challenging and fulfilling roles.
“We truly benefit from the diversity in thinking and the skills that refugees and asylum seekers bring to our organisation and we are committed to continuing our investment in the communities we serve”.
To date, Broadspectrum has hosted five mid-career professional interns on our Western Roads Upgrade contract (WRU). The placements have provided the candidates with valuable experience working on one of Victoria’s largest infrastructure projects and helped address the ongoing skills shortage for specialised roles across the industry. Four of the interns have taken on long-term roles across our business.
CareerSeekers’ CEO Peter Baynard-Smith said, “We are thrilled to be building on the success of the previous internships and formalising Broadspectrum's commitment to offering opportunities to refugees and asylum seekers. These opportunities not only allow humanitarian entrants to continue their professional careers in Australia, but also to settle faster and better in their new country.”