In March 2015 Eastweb provided a grant to enable Kensington Neighbourhood House to provide IT training for asylum seekers within the local community.
The IT training program sought to remove barriers to social participation and employment faced by settling asylum seekers. Research and consultation with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre led Kensington Neighbourhood House to devise a training program for general Microsoft Office software. Participants learned how to use Microsoft Office, and taught skills including resume writing and cover letter preparation to assist in finding employment. Over a period of 5 weeks (2 mornings a week) the participants completed 30 hours of training covering Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
The program was a success. With a 90% regular attendance rate, asylum seeker participants upon completion reported they had the skills to create, format and print documents to a professional capacity. They were able to create slide presentations utilising a variety of different tools and able to create spread sheets, enter data and create both graphs and charts.
The Neighbourhood House has now established a volunteer-run “Resume Writing Workshop” and can provide one-on-one support and training to those interested.