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Refugee Students Find Recipe for Success

Two young Iraqi refugees have launched their careers after completing English language and Hospitality courses at TAFE Queensland.

Two young Iraqi refugees have launched their careers after completing English language and Hospitality courses at TAFE Queensland.

After commencing the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE Queensland’s Toowoomba campus, Qaharaman and Naser quickly built their confidence in spoken and written English.

The AMEP, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, supports migrants and refugees with free English language, literacy and numeracy training.

“It’s such a great program,” said Qaharaman (pictured below). “It's really good for those who want to learn English and get the support you need. I'm so grateful for my time in the AMEP.”

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During his time in the AMEP, 21-year-old Naser completed three accredited hospitality units and spent two days per week gaining practical experience at TAFE Queensland Toowoomba’s training restaurant and café.

“I learned so much from this course,” Naser said. “I had never considered a career in hospitality before having this opportunity.”

Together, Qaharaman and Naser were among the first AMEP students to enrol in TAFE Queensland’s Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316).

“Naser was the happiest person in the restaurant, and he was always eager to help,” said Petra Cross (Leading Hospitality & Cookery Teacher).

“And Qaharaman was an invaluable part of the kitchen team. He always completed tasks to the highest possible standard.”

Encouraged by their newfound kitchen skills, both Naser and Qaharaman began applying for restaurant positions after completing their qualifications.

Before long, both students accepted positions as apprentice chefs, with Naser joining the team at Toowoomba’s Park House Café, and Qaharaman stepping into the kitchen at The Southern Hotel.

“I love everything about my job,” Naser said. “My team is very supportive as I learn and ask questions.”

Qaharaman has started a notebook of the Australian recipes he’s learned to make, and enjoys practising his English skills in the kitchen.

“I would like to say a very big thank to all the teachers that helped me and taught me how to speak English,” Qaharaman said.

“My plan for the future is to finish my apprenticeship and then maybe start my own business one day.”

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered by TAFE Queensland.