Francois Adam arrived in Australia in 2011 after fleeing from the genocide occurring in Darfur. In Sudan, Francois was a qualified nurse and had also completed several years of a medicine degree in France. Francois was keen to continue his work as a nurse in Australia. However, gaining employment in one’s field can often be difficult for refugees. There are a variety of reasons for this, often relating to language barriers, a lack of connections and negative perceptions of refugees amongst the general public. At JAA, we seek to break down thesebarriers.
Through our ‘Empowerment Fund’ we subsidised Francois’ enrolment fees in an Aged Care Course. We also contacted Jewish Care Victoria, who provided Francois with a placement so that he could complete 110 hours of work experience. Following his work placement, Jewish Care Victoria offered Francois employment as a Personal Care Assistant. Francois’ story is one of many successes for JAA and we are very proud to have been involved in assisting Francois find a job.