English, numeracy and work education testimonials

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Fadi Adel Azeez, Certificate II in General Education
 
Jackie

Jackie Pennicott, Certificate I in Work Education
 
John al-qasha

John Al-Qasha, Adult Migrant English Program


 
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Fadi Adel Azeez, Certificate II in General Education
Foundations Adult Learner of the Year Award

 
“It’s not easy looking after my mother and studying, but I always try to do my best. I think it’s important to improve my skills to get a job in the future.”

Fadi moved to Australia from Iraq over three years ago to seek a better life. Upon settling here, he assumed responsibility as a full-time carer for his mother but continued to pursue general education studies as a way to improve his prospects in this new country.

“My mother had many health problems when we arrived so I became her full-time carer,” said the 33-year-old who holds a computer science degree and extensive experience as an information technology (IT) programmer in Iraq.

“Many students don’t understand why I chose to study as it’s not required for carers, but it’s a choice I made. It’s not easy looking after my mother and studying, but I always try to do my best. I think it’s important to improve my skills to get a job in the future.”

In addition to enabling him to improve his English communication skills, the course also provided Fadi with opportunities to undertake work placement within an IT department and inspire other learners and educators.

“I’ve improved so much since doing the course. I love meeting different students from different cultures and practising communicating with each other. As I am experienced with computers, I also get to help other learners with computer work,” he said.

“A highlight of my studies was when I was invited to speak at the 2016 Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) conference. It was a chance to share my experiences in learning new skills and applying in the workplace.”

Fadi plans to keep studying to achieve his goal of attaining employment in IT.

“I’ll be enrolling in the Certificate IV in Information Technology and hope to do the diploma after that. I’ll then enter university or find work. I feel really excited about this award as it’s something that I can include in my resume and increase my chances of finding a job,” he said.

 
Jackie Pennicott
 
 
 

Jackie Pennicott, Certificate I in Work Education

 
Jackie has enrolled in the Certificate I in Work Education to enhance her skills in literacy and numeracy and is enjoying her course so far.

“I attend classes from Monday to Wednesday. On Thursdays and Fridays, I work for my brother in an office and my course at Kangan Institute has helped me with my work, such as typing documents, scanning and invoicing.”

Jackie is making the most of her experience in Kangan Institute and is part of the TAFE’s Cricket Academy launched in partnership with Cricket Victoria, a program aimed at boosting the health and wellbeing amongst students.

“I enjoyed being part of the cricket team. I learnt more about the sport and I liked being with my friends and supporting them.”

 
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John Al-Qasha, Adult Migrant English Program

 
Initially from Iraq, John and his family moved to Melbourne in 2017 as humanitarian settlers.

John enrolled in our Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at Broadmeadows campus and found his life transforming for the better as his English skills improved.

He also started participating in various activities run by community service providers located on campus, such as the Migrant Resource Centre’s Hub Club for Youth program that helps young settlers socialise and learn about living in Australia.

“It was very hard when I first moved here. My English was very bad,” John recalled.

“But now I can talk to people and I’ve joined contact groups, like the Hub Club for Youth.

“I enjoy my studies and my teachers are very good. Learning English is so important in helping me find a job or study in university. My goal is to go to university, maybe study nursing.”

The Adult Migrant English Program at our Broadmeadows campus offers students an opportunity to learn English while having access to a range of on-campus tailored services for humanitarian settlers. This includes services from organisations like Centrelink, Northern Legal, Victoria Police, Migrant Resource Centre, Foundation House and more, all coming together to provide comprehensive support for new settlers alongside their education.

 
Rania Ateih
 
 
 

Rania Ateih, Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English

 
“Kangan Institute is the best place to learn English and my friend recommended the course to me. I really enjoy studying with lovely and kind teachers. I have an ambition to improve my English quickly then I want to do an accounting course so I can work at a bank which I used to do in Syria.”

 
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Bruno, AMEP

 
As a new migrant in Australia, conversing in English was one of the biggest challenges for Bruno since leaving Brazil. Then the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at Kangan Institute turned his life around in just eight months.

Bruno is now a confident English speaker and recently completed a work placement at a gym as part of his course. He’s looking forward to pursuing a career as a personal trainer and we wish him all the best!

“The teachers at Kangan Institute are fantastic; they have a lot of experience in teaching migrants and providing support with finding a job,” said Bruno.

“Work placements help migrants understand the Australian work environment and prepare for the workforce. I plan to complete my English course and start a course in personal training – I even have a position waiting for me at the gym where I did my placement!”

 
Hanaa Ishag
 
 
 

Hanaa Ishag, Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English

 
“My three sons advised me to come to Kangan. I enjoy learning English with my teachers. I want to do a course to become a teacher aide. I always advise my friends or relatives to come to Kangan because it’s the best way to learn English quickly.”

Rania Ateih

Rania Ateih , Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English Course
 
Bruno

Bruno, Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
 
Hanaa Ishag

Hanaa Ishag , Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English



Sureerat

Sureerat , AMEP course
 
Invisar Alwassiti

Invisar Alwassiti , Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English




 
 
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Sureerat, AMEP

 
Born and raised in Thailand, new migrant Sureerat says the AMEP course – which also includes a two-week work placement experience – has challenged her to improve her skills and widen her career options.

“The teachers really care about students and explain things we don’t understand. We use English as the main language in class and learn new vocabulary all the time. It gets more difficult each day but I enjoy the challenge,” she said.

“I observed and learnt a lot at my work placement in a gym. After my English course I’m thinking of learning more about personal training or cooking.”

 
Invisar Alwassiti
 
 
 

Invisar Alwassiti, Certificate II in Speaking and Writing English

 
“The teachers at Kangan Institute are really lovely and very good.”