Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Career Pathways Pilot?

The Career Pathways Pilot (CPP) is a federal government initiative which aims to assist humanitarian entrants with professional or trade skills and/or qualifications to find jobs jobs that matches their skills set or requalify under Australian Standards.

Is the Career Pathways Pilot a course?

No. The Career Pathways Pilot (CPP) is a career pathways advisory service and NOT a course. It is an individual case management service which has two components:
a. Career pathways advice and
b. Financial support –The pilot provides access to financial assistance for registered clients seeking requalification /certification which may not be affordable under normal circumstances.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Pilot?

Participants who are eligible for the Pilot must meet all the following criteria:

  • Arrived in Australia within the last five years through the Humanitarian program (visa subclasses 200, 201, 202, 203, 204 only)
  • Hold professional or trade skills or qualifications
  • Speak English well
  • Be work ready (no health, family or personal circumstances preventing them from pursuing employment)

Why is the Pilot only targeted at these visa holders?

It was a Government decision to limit the Pilot to humanitarian entrants. Service providers are encouraged to keep track of numbers of interested clients being turned away due to being ineligible, to feed into the evaluation of the Pilot. This may help steer the direction of the Pilot moving forward.

How do I determine if the client speaks ‘English well’?

 In most cases, clients who are completing Certificate 3 in the AMEP are eligible for the program. If in doubt about the English level of the client, please refer the client to us and the Career pathways Advisor will determine the English language eligibility.

What assistance is available to CPP participants?

Each participant is assigned a Career Pathways Advisor who will work with each participant to:

  • Plan a career pathway early in their settlement journey in Australia
  • Show each participant how to use existing skills in the Australian workforce and how to obtain recognition of qualifications
  • Find employment opportunities and training to upskill or reskill
  • Achieve participant’s career goals
  • Determine financial assistance to support the achievement of career goals
  • Advocate on behalf of the participant

Why should I refer my clients to this program?

Participation in the CPP has a range of tangible benefits for your clients. Referring them to the CPP program will:

  • Enable your client to understand the complex journey of requalifying or reskilling in Australia
  • Enable your client to have a clear career plan early in their settlement journey and minimises the time spent in undertaking actions that may not lead to a meaningful employment
  • Give your client the opportunity to achieve the career goals and return to their profession
  • Support your client to access suitable training, upskilling or employment opportunities

Outcomes and progress

Case Study 1

Client A is from Syria. She completed her Bachelor Degree of Architectural Design at AL Baath University in Syria in 2002. She then worked as a designer and supervisor with the Ministry of Culture on tenders for major government projects for about 15 years. When the war broke out in the city of Homs in 2012, she moved to Tartouss with her family. During this period she managed to start her own private business in interior design and building materials supply. Finally in 2017 she arrived in Australia with her husband and two children. Since joining the CPP program, she has been supported to upskill herself through online courses. She’s received ongoing support and coaching in career pathway planning, job searching, job application and interview skills. She was referred to a local employer and stared casual designing work a few months ago. She then was referred to two internship programs by CPP and end of October 2018 she was offered a 6 month paid internship as an assistant design manager at Kane Construction. She has achieved her short term goal and with the work experience she is gaining, she is confident to achieve her career goals in future.

Case Study 2

Client B, a dentist is from Afghanistan and was originally settled in Newcastle, 4 years ago. With limited options and no access to the requalification process he completed both a Cert 3 in Dental Assistance and in Pharmacy. With limited job prospects he moved to Melbourne several months and was driving for Uber when referred by his provider to the pilot. He is now attending Occupational English Testing – Healthcare classes, a requirement within the requalification and is able to start preparation for submission of his documents to the Australian Dental Council for assessment.