Working Online Refugee Connections (WORCs)

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WORCs is an online employment mentoring programme for asylum seekers.

Working Online Refugee Connections (WORCs) brings together professional asylum seekers
and professional mentors in an online relationship. WORCs aims to expose asylum seekers
to employment and professional development opportunities through an on-line environment
in which they can connect with mentors who share experiences, tips and employment networks.

Many professionals want to volunteer their time and share their networks and knowledge
with asylum seekers and act as mentors. WORCs facilitates a broader volunteer-base by
enabling on-line participation and meets the multiple needs of both mentees and mentors.

WORCs was devised based on the need to maximise time spent on-line looking for
employment, by creating a space where mentors are available, a library of resources
are a click away and where forums are available for discussing opportunities.
This helps create a professional network.

We are currently recruiting mentors in the following areas:

  • Automotive/Electrical/ Electronic Engineering
  • Bio-medical Science/Technology
  • Computer Science & Information Technology (I.T.)
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Someone with a strong knowledge of the Textile Industry (particularly Import/Export)
  • Enviro-bio technology
  • International Education (IELTS)
  • International Development Program Management
  • International Development Practitioner
  • Small business entrepreneurs
  • Veterinarian

The application process for mentors will be based on meeting the professional needs of our clients. If not successfully matched initially, people interested will be kept on the WORCs database and updated as the programme grows.

If you are interested in finding out more about this programme please contact the coordinator on: worcs@asrc.org.au

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The ASRC recognises the important contribution of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and asylum seekers associated with the Refugee Action Program during the early stages of developing WORCs.