Volunteer of the year connecting migrants to jobs
Job Shop is a volunteer-run program that supports City of Stirling residents with free job seeking activities; one to-one support in resume design, interview techniques and job search advice.
George Anderson is the Job Shop volunteer at Osborne Community Centre and has helped hundreds of people with their job seeking, many of whom have gone on to secure employment. Mirrabooka Library has just launched its own Job Shop for their local residents to access.
Job Shop was born in 2015 when George contacted the City to enquire about volunteering opportunities. George has extensive experience in HR and training, and wanted to use his skills in retirement, to give back to the community.
George comments on how he and the Job Shop program help migrants:
I mainly help connect people with services and job opportunities. I also assist migrants to understand the current job market and what is available to them, highlighting the growth areas and where to access such jobs. I show many clients the jobs online portals, and I help them to use internet job pages – Jora, Indeed and Seek.
In the time that he has been volunteering, George has observed the changing clientele.
Initially it was retired residents who needed their resumes updated and were interested in doing computer courses, mostly males. Now it’s changed to mostly Indian, Iraqi, Iranian, African, Somalian, Mexican and an even representation of males and females.
Social and cultural networks are important for employment opportunities that are often not advertised through official channels, but via social networks. George observes that many migrants are already connected within their communities and encourages newcomers to tap into these networks.
In 2017 George was awarded the City of Stirling Volunteer of the Year Award for his contribution to the community. George proudly displays a ‘Success Board’ in his office which features the many people he has helped to gain employment.
Anyone in the City of Stirling can access the Job Shop services, which now operate at the Osborne Park library and Mirrabooka libraries. People can visit as often as they want.
Contact the Kaleidoscope team to book an appointment here.