Mirrabooka: Program helping migrants kickstart business idea

Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher, Liberal candidate for Stirling Vince Connelly, Stirling MHR Michael Keenan and MMRC chairman Iqbal Samnakay.
Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher, Liberal candidate for Stirling Vince Connelly, Stirling MHR Michael Keenan and MMRC chairman Iqbal Samnakay.

A MIRRABOOKA facility is supporting migrants and refugees to start a business.

The Multicultural Enterprise Development Project at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Mirrabooka provides enterprise training and relevant work experience to working age migrants and refugees.

It offers business training, coaching, direct support and embedded practical English skills or a culturally customised version of a Federal Government scheme to help them start their own business.

Families and Social Services Minister Parl Fletcher visited the centre with Stirling MHR Michael Keenan and Liberal’s Stirling candidate Vince Connelly to launch the project, which is funded by the Federal Government until June 2020.

“This project will provide 84 working age migrants and refugees with culturally-appropriate mentoring and business skills training to reduce their risk of welfare dependency,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Work plays a large part in the social wellbeing and economic independence of migrants and refugees. But too often they get trapped in our welfare system for the long-term.”

Centre management committee chairman Iqbal Samnakay believed the project would be beneficial.

“Our organisation aims to bridge the gaps that refugees and migrants face during their settlement in Australia, and this project will help participants to build social and business connections, improve their self-confidence and develop their employment and English skills in a supportive environment that is flexible to their needs,” he said.